Lauren Horn Griffin

Dr. Lauren Horn Griffin

Assistant Professor 

Religious Studies

Ph.D.: University of California, Santa Barbara (2016)



Lauren earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2016), where she served as the Cordano Fellow from 2010-2015.

Areas of Interest

Lauren's research uses Catholic identities and digital media as a site from which to explore questions about language, communication, and social construction. Her first book investigates how stories of the arrival of Christianity in England were communicated differently through various early modern media, some old (liturgical plays and architecture) and some new (print culture), with a specific focus on how the social reality of the authors and audiences shaped their conceptions of the past. Her current project extends her earlier work in media representation and critical theory, but she turns from print to contemporary digital media (particularly journalism and social media). 

Selected Publications


(Forthcoming) Fabricating Founders: History, Rhetoric, and the Arrival of Christianity in England (Brill, 2023)

(Under Contract, Editor), "Crisis" in the Study of Religion (Equinox, 2023)

Articles & Chapters

(Forthcoming) "The Illusion of #RadTrad Identity," American Examples: New Conversations About Religion, Volume Three, ed. Michael Altman (University of Alabama Press, 2023).

(Forthcoming) "Mediating Belief: Carl Jung, Online Personality Tests, and Myth as Meaning," Fieldnotes in the Critical Study of Religion: Revisiting Classical Theorists, ed. Vaia Touna and Richard Newton (Bloomsbury, 2022).

(Forthcoming) "Alternative World Religions: Teaching a Critical Approach to World Religions with Twine" in EnTwine: A Critical and Creative Companion to Teaching with Twine (Amherst College Press, 2023).

"The Material Production of Otherworldly Citizenship: From Paper to Digital Files to Bodies," in Rebekka King (ed.), Key Categories in the Study of Religion: Contexts and Critiques (Equinox, 2022).

"The Conversion of the North: Regional Antiquarianism and the Negotiation of Allegiances in Early Modern England," Journal of History and Cultures (January 2018).

"Puzzling it Out: Teaching Skills in History Courses with the Jigsaw Technique,"  Perspectives on History (November 2015).

Digital Publications

"The Infant Jesus of Prague and the Catholic Presence on January 6,Uncivil Religion: January 6, 2021 (January 2022)

Awards and Fellowships

2020 American Examples Working Group (w/ stipend), Henry Luce Foundation

2014 American Catholic Historical Association Presidential Grant

2013 Huntington Library - Oxford University Exchange Fellowship: Visiting Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (Fall/Michaelmas Term)