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Julie E. Byrne

The Monsignor Thomas Hartman Chair in Catholic Studies and Professor of Religion


PHD, 2000, Duke Univ; MA, 1996, Duke Univ; BA, 1990, Duke Univ


Julie Byrne holds the Monsignor Thomas J. Hartman Chair in Catholic Studies and serves as Professor in the Department of Religion. Before arriving in New York in September 2006, she taught at Duke University (2004-06) and Texas Christian University (2000-04). Her second book, The Other Catholics: Remaking America’s Largest Religion, was published by Columbia University Press in 2016. It is a cultural history of independent Catholicism in the U.S. Her first book, O God of Players: The Story of the Immaculata Mighty Macs (Columbia 2003), tells the story of Catholic women's basketball in the Philadelphia archdiocese from 1930-75. In addition to Catholic Studies, Byrne writes and teaches subjects in American religion from gender and race to method and theory. Her courses at Hofstra include “What is Religion?," "What is Catholicism?", "The Jesus Class," "Demonology," "Religion & Media" and “Race & Religion in the Americas.” She publishes popular articles and speaks frequently to the media, including The New York Times, Newsday, Frontline and Voice of America.

Teaching Interests

American religion, US Catholicism, global Catholicism, fieldwork in religion, African American religion, gender and religion, religion and media

Research Interests

American Catholic cultures and historiography, US religion – for more, see here

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
RELI 010 (HP) WHAT IS RELIGION? Undergraduate
RELI 066 (HP) DEMONOLOGY Undergraduate
RELI 077 (HP) RELIGION & MEDIA Undergraduate
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