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Sarah Koenig

Assistant Professor of American Studies

Year Joined RCNJ: 2018

Contact Information


  • B.A., Trinity Western University,
  • M.A.R., Yale Divinity School/Yale Institute of Sacred Music
  • Ph.D. Yale University
  • CV


Courses Offered:

  • America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • History Matters (American freedom struggles, 1865–present)
  • Introduction to American Studies
  • Magic and Witchcraft in North America (first-year seminar)
  • Native Americans
  • Religion in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • The American West


Research Interests:

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


Scholarly Activity:


  • Providence and the Invention of American History (Yale University Press, 2021).


  • “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.

Book Chapters and Encyclopedia Entries: 

  • “Christian America, Manifest Destiny, and Other Comforting Myths,” in Handbook of Contemporary Christianity in the United States (Rowman & Littlefield 2022).
  • “Henry Harmon Spalding,” “Daniel Lee,” “Cushing Eells,” “F. N. Blanchet.” In Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States (4 vols, Rowman & Littlefield).


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