Tisa Wenger

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Tisa Wenger (Ph.D., Princeton University) is Assistant Professor of American Religious History at Yale Divinity School. Her research seeks to understand how culturally specific formations of religion and religious freedom have shaped the dynamics of religious encounter in the United States. Her publications include essays in History of Religions, Journal of the Southwest, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, and several edited volumes. Her first book, We Have a Religion: The 1920s Pueblo Indian Dance Controversy and American Religious Freedom (University of North Carolina Press, 2009), shows how dominant conceptions of religion and religious freedom affected the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico as they sought to protect their religious ceremonies from government suppression, and how that struggle transformed the politics of Indian affairs and helped reshape mainstream views of religion. Her next book will develop a cultural history of religious freedom discourse in nineteenth and twentieth-century U.S. history, showing the limitations and sometimes ironic consequences of this foundational ideal.

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Assistant Professor of American Religious History at Yale Divinity School