Lauren Griffin

Lauren Horn Griffin

Instructor (Renewable)|
Adviser to the RSSA (the Religious Studies Student Association)

Office Hours

Tuesday/Thursday, 1-2pm and by appointment


American Examples: New Conversations in Religion


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. She had previously earned an M.A. in History from UCSB (2012), and an M.T.S, with a concentration on History of Christianity, from Vanderbilt Divinity School (2010). Prior to coming to UA in the Fall of 2020 she was a lecturer, in the Department of Religious Studies, and digital learning designer, in the Office of Digital Learning, at the University of Oklahoma (2016-2020).

Lauren’s research focuses on the ways in which saints and other authoritative figures in Roman Catholic communities constitute collective memory, serving as tools for the construction and negotiation of national, ethnic, and cultural identity. Her current research focuses on Catholic material culture in digital spaces, specifically how Catholic history is constructed on social media.

Among her regular courses in REL are REL 105 Honors Introduction to the Study of Religion and REL 310 REL Goes to the Movies, along with periodically teaching REL 241 American Religious History. Lauren is also the faculty advisor to the Religious Studies Student Association.

Selected Publications

(Under contract) Narrativizing Origins: History, Rhetoric, and the Arrival of Christianity in England (Brill 2022)

(Forthcoming) “The Illusion of #RadTrad Identity,” American Examples: New Conversations about Religion, Volume Three (University of Alabama Press, 2022).

“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, 2019).

“Early Modern Uses of the Christian Conversion Narrative: Local Historians and the Negotiation of
National, Confessional, and Regional Allegiances,” Journal of History and Cultures (January 2018).

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