Anne Blankenship

Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012

Telephone: 701-231-7451

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Anne Blankenship grew up in the glorious Pacific Northwest and earned her BA at the University of Puget Sound. Before receiving a doctorate in American Religious History from UNC, she acquired an MA in Religion with a focus in the History of Christianity from Yale Divinity School.  Her research investigates religious responses to injustice and relationships between national, racial and religious identities.  Her first book, Christianity, Social Justice, and the Japanese American Incarceration during World War II, reveals how the injustice transformed Asian American Christianity and challenged religious and racial boundaries in liberal American Christianity. Her current project examines religion and immigration in America.  

Areas of Interest

Religion & Social Justice, Material Culture, Religion and the American West, Immigration, Civil Religion, Transpacific Studies, Pilgrimage

Selected Publications

“Interreligious Responses to the Settlement House Movement, 1881-1924.” In The Meaning of My Neighbor's Faith: Interreligious Reflections on Immigration, edited by Alexander Y. Hwang and Laura E. Alexander, 17-30. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019.

“Pilgrimage to the Japanese American Incarceration Camps: Deploying Collective Memory for Social Justice and Communal Healing.” In Pilgrimage as Transformative Process: The Movement from Fractured to Integrated, edited by Heather A. Warfield and Kate Hetherington, 125-135. Leiden: Brill, 2018.

"Asian American Religions from Chinese Exclusion to 1965." In The Oxford Handbook to Religion and Race in American History, edited by Paul Harvey and Kathryn Gin Lum. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Christianity, Social Justice, and the Japanese American Incarceration during World War II. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016.

“Religion and the Japanese American Incarceration.” Religion Compass 8:10 (Oct 2014): 317-325.

“Civil Religious Dissent: Patriotism and Resistance in a Japanese American Incarceration Camp.”  Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief 10:3 (Sept 2014): 264-293.

“Catholic American Citizenship: Prescriptions for Children from Treasure Chest of Fun and Fact, 1946-1963.”  In Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels, edited by A. David Lewis and Christine Hoff Kraemer, 63-77. New York: Continuum, 2010. 

Recent Honors & Awards

Young Scholar of American Religion, IUPUI Center for the Study of Religion & American Culture
NEH Summer Scholar, Institute on Judaism in the American South, College of Charleston
NEH Summer Scholar, Institute on American Material Culture, Bard Graduate Center
North Dakota Gateways Fellowship
Mary Jo Small Fellowship, Society for Values in Higher Education
Coolidge Fellow, CrossCurrents Research Colloquium with Auburn Seminary
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics, Washington University in St. Louis

NDSU Courses Taught:

American Religious History
Contemporary Religion
History of Christianity
History of Global Islam
New Religious Movements
New Testament
Religion and Politics
Religion and Violence
Theory and Methods in Religious Studies
World Religions
World War II

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