Tisa Wenger

 Tisa Wenger

AddressYale Divinity School
409 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 6511

American Religious History, Yale Divinity School, Yale University

B.A., Eastern Mennonite University,
M.A., Claremont Graduate University,
Ph.D., Princeton University,

Research and teaching interests include the history of “religion” as a cultural category, the politics of religious freedom, religion in the American west, and the intersections between ideologies of race and religion as they impact Native Americans and other racial/religious minorities in U.S. history. Her book We Have a Religion: The 1920s Pueblo Indian Dance Controversy and American Religious Freedom 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 helped reshape mainstream views of religion and the politics of Indian affairs. Among her current writing projects is a new book that will examine the limitations and sometimes unintended consequences of religious freedom as a foundational American ideal. Like We Have a Religion, this research asks how culturally specific formations of religion and religious freedom shape the dynamics of religious encounter and pluralism in America. Other publications include articles in the History of Religions, the Journal of the Southwest, and the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, along with chapters in several edited volumes.

Areas of Interest

American Religious History;

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