American Studies Faculty and Staff
|Office location||Department of Religion, 316A Eaton Hall|
|Education||Th.D. Harvard University,
M.A. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
B.A. University of Virginia
Heather Curtis received her doctorate in the history of Christianity, with an emphasis on North American religions, from Harvard University in the spring of 2005. Her research and teaching interests include movements of religious healing and reform; global Christianity; gender and women's studies in religion; the religious history of American reform movements; and the study of spirituality and devotional practice. Prior to coming to Tufts, Professor Curtis was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer on American Religious History at Harvard University (2005-2007).
Faith in the Great Physician: Suffering and Divine Healing in American Culture, 1860-1900 (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007).
Winner of the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize from the American Society of Church History for the Best First Book in the History of Christianity, 2007.
|Other select publications||
"Houses of Healing: Sacred Space, Spiritual Practice and the Transformation of Female Suffering in the Faith Cure Movement, 1870-1890,"Church History (September 2006): 598-611. "
'Acting Faith': Divine Healing as Devotional Practice in Late-Nineteenth-Century Protestantism," in Practicing Protestants: Histories of the Christian Life in America, ed. Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Leigh Schmidt, and Mark Valeri (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006), 137-158.
"Children of the Heavenly King: Hymns in the Religious and Social Experience of Children, 1780-1850," in Sing Them Over Again To Me: Hymns and Hymn Books in America, ed. Edith L. Blumhofer and Mark A. Noll (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2006), 214-234.
"Visions of Self, Success and Society among Young Men in Antebellum Boston," Church History 73:3 (September 2004): 613-634.
"The International Character of Nineteenth-Century Divine Healing," in Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing, ed. Candy Gunther-Brown with a forward by Harvey Cox (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
"Religion and Community Structures (1803- 1898)" in Religion in America History, ed. John Corrigan and Amanda Porterfield (New York: Blackwell Press, forthcoming).
"Theologies of Evolution and Cooperation in Late-Nineteenth-Century America," in Evolution, Games and God: The Principle of Cooperation, eds. Sarah Coakley and Martin Nowak (Harvard University Press, forthcoming, 2009/10).
"Healing, Belief and Interpretation in 19th-Century Protestant America," in Spiritual Healing: Science, Meaning, and Discernment, ed. Sarah Coakley (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, forthcoming 2009/10).
|Courses Taught||Religion, Race, and Nation in American History
Introduction to Christianity
History of Religion in America
Religion and American Politics
Women and Religion in America
|Grants & Awards||Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize from the American Society of Church History, 2008.
Saving the World? The Changing Terrain of American Protestant Missions Research Grant, Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, 2009-2010.
Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship, 2003-2004.
Center for the Study of World Religions Dissertation Fellowship, Harvard University, 2003-2004.