Katherine Dugan, professor in the humanities department
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., 2015
  • Master of Theological Studies, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Bachelor of Arts, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn.

Katherine Dugan joined the humanities faculty in 2016. She studies American religions with a specialization in contemporary Catholicism in the United States. At Springfield College, Dugan teaches courses on world religions, religion in the United States, Catholicism, women and religion, and introductions to Christianity. Her research interests are in religious experience, women in religion, and the intersection of religious practice and American culture. Her current project "Catholicism Remixed: Catholic Prayer and the Making of Millennial Catholic Subjectivity," is an ethnographic study of young adults who commit two years evangelizing on college campuses in the United States

Research Interests

  • Religion in the United States
  • American Catholicism
  • Religion and Gender
  • Interfaith Studies

Courses Taught

  • Religions of the World
  • Religion in America
  • Introduction to Philosophy

Selected Works


  • "Pope Francis: Media Re-Presentations," (American Catholic Historical Association, 2016)


  • From the Pews in the Back: Young Women & Catholicism (Liturgical Press, 2009)
  • "'St. Gemma is My Girl': Devotional Practices of Millennial Catholics and the Making of Contemporary Catholic Saints" (American Catholic Studies; Forthcoming, Winter 2017)
  • "Buddhist Women and Interfaith Work in the U.S." (Journal for Buddhist-Christian Studies, 2007)

Spring 2017 Laurels Submissions

  • Katherine Dugan, PhD, assistant professor of religion, published “‘Gemma is my girl!’ Devotional practices of millennial Catholic women and the making of contemporary saints” in American Catholic Studies in December 2016.
  • Katherine Dugan, PhD, assistant professor of religion, presented “Ethnography pedagogy, pedagogical ethnography: Using and teaching ethnography in religious studies classrooms” at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, in November 2016. She also presented “A hipster saint and cool Catholics: Crafting millennial-generation Catholic identity in the U.S.” at the American Catholic Historical Association annual meeting in Denver, Colo., in January 2017.

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