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Brandi N Denison

Associate Professor

Philosophy & Religious Studies | College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

American Religious History, specializing in the American West with particular attention to Native American Religions, religion & the environment, racialization, gender, violence, memory, and theories of religion


Ph.D. in Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (August 2011)

M.A. in Religious Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder, (August 2003)

B.A. in Religion, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington (May 2000)


Publications & Presentations


“The Meeker Massacre: Religious Identity as Cultural Exchange,” in Native American Adoption, Captivity, and Slavery in Changing Contexts, edited by Max Cacori and Stephanie Pratt (London: Palgrave Press, 2012)

Review of We Have a Religion: The 1920s Pueblo Indian Dance Controversy and American Religious Freedom (Tisa Wenger), Ethnohistory, Spring 2010

“Art Blakey” in Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History, edited by Edward E. Curtis IV (New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2010).

Conference Papers

““Playing Indian”: Defining American Religion Through Ute Land Religion, 1910-1940,” presenting at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) National Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 20, 2011.

“Plowing for Progress: American Christianity and the Advancement of Agricultural Science,” presented at the AAR National Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 1, 2010.

“Redemption in the American West: Confounding Colonialism through Powwows,” presented at the AAR National Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, October 30, 2010.

“Whose West? Religious Claims to Dirt: Ute Ethnic Cleansing and a Christian Nation,” presented at the Western Historical Association, Lake Tahoe, NV, October 15, 2010.

“Christian or Farmer?: Missionaries for Christ and the Plow in Nineteenth-Century American West,” Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, Tucson, AZ, May 21, 2010.

“Ponies, Plows, and Possibilities: Land and Religion in the American Frontier,” AAR National Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, November 8, 2009.

“The Meeker Massacre: Religious Identity as Cultural Exchange,” presented at the “Adoption, Captivity, and Slavery: Changing Meanings in Early Colonial America” conference, sponsored by the British Museum and the University of Plymouth, London, England, February 18, 2008.

“Beyond the Blackboard: Teaching with the American Religions Timeline” presented at the American Society of Church History National Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 3, 2008.

“A Hard Pill To Swallow: Manifest Destiny and the Mormon Battalion on the California Frontier” presented at the AAR-SBL National Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 18, 2007.

“Josephine and the Utes: Religion, Violence, and Identity on the Western Frontier,” presented at the Florida State University Religion Symposium, Tallahassee, FL, March 15, 2007.

“Towards a Responsible Apocalypse: The Cryptoapocalyptic Discourse of the Nonviolence Movement,” presented at the AAR-SBL National Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 22, 2003.

“Commandment Wars: Public Discourse on the Decalogue in Grand Junction, CO,” presented at the AAR-SBL Rocky Mountain-Great Plains Regional Annual Meeting, Boulder, CO, April 8, 2003.

Contact Information

(904) 620-1330