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Sarah Koenig

Assistant Professor of History

Year Joined RCNJ: 2018

Contact Information

  • Phone: (201) 684-7474
  • Email:
  • Office: B-204
  • Office Hours: MR 10:00-11:00 am; W 3:00-4:00 pm


  • B.A., Trinity Western University,
  • M.A.R., Yale Divinity School
  • Ph.D. Yale University


Teaching Interests:

  • Native American History
  • The American West
  • American Religions


Research Interests:

  • Religion and Race in the American West
  • History and Memory
  • Gender and Material Culture


Scholarly Activity:

Book Manuscript:

  • Missionaries, Myths, and the Making of American History. (2018).


  • “The Legend of Marcus Whitman and the Transformation of the American Historical Profession.” Church History 87, no. 1 (Spring, 2018): 99-121
  • “Almighty God and the Almighty Dollar: Religion and Market Economies in the United States,” Religion Compass 10, no. 4 (April 2016): 83–97.
  • “Maternalism and the Mayor: Dottie Do-Good’s War on Sin in Postwar Portland.” Journal of Women’s History. Vol. 26. No. 4. (Winter, 2014). 108–131.

Upcoming Conference Presentations:

  • “ ‘The Benefactor of His Race’: Race and Religion in Western Pioneer Societies.” To be presented at the American Academy of Religion, Nov. 17–20, 2018. Denver, CO.
  • The Conversion of Capital: Philanthropic Missions and Racial Progress at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. To be presented at the American Academy of Religion, Nov. 17–20, 2018. Denver, CO..
  • “ ‘Irrigation… Is a Religious Rite’: Environmental History as Church History.” To be presented at the American Society of Church History/American Historical Association Annual Meeting. Jan. 3–6, 2019. Chicago, IL.
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