Hillary Kaell


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Hillary Kaell completed her doctorate in American Studies at Harvard University, specializing in the history and practice of North American Christianity. Her first book, Where Jesus Walked, is the only major study of contemporary American Catholic and evangelical pilgrimage to the Holy Land. It will be published with New York University Press in the North American Religions series. Hillary will be a research fellow at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Religion during the spring term 2014.

Beyond her scholarly research, she has collaborated on a number of public education projects. She worked on the Lilly Foundation-funded ChangingSEA project about young adult spirituality, for the Pluralism Project and as a paid consultant on the PBS television series God in America. At Concordia she teaches courses related to U.S. Christian history and the anthropology of religion.

Selected publications

“Quebec’s Roadside Crosses and the Creation of Contemporary Devotionalism,” in eds. Lucas Van Rompay, Sam Miglarese, and David Morgan, The Long Shadow of Vatican II: Authority, Faith, and Church since the Second Vatican Council. Forthcoming.

“Taking Back the Bible”: American Catholics, Scripture and the Post-Conciliar Pilgrimage,” U.S. Catholic Historian, forthcoming 2013.

“Trash Talk: American Pilgrims in Israel-Palestine,”Anthropology News (American Anthropological Association), 53(8) October 2012: 12-13.

“Of Gifts and Grandchildren: American Holy Land Souvenirs,”Journal of Material Culture. 17(2) July 2012: 133-151.

“Christian Teens and Biblezines: An Analysis of Revolve, The Complete New Testament,”Journal of Religion and Popular Culture22(3) Fall 2010: 15-31 link

“Pilgrimage in the Jet Age: The Development of the American Evangelical Holy Land Travel Industry, 1948-1978.” Journal of Tourism History 2:1 (May 2010), 23-38 link

“Marie-Rose, Stigmatisee de Woonsocket: The Construction of a Franco-American Saint Cult, 1930-55.” Historical Studies(Canadian Catholic Historical Association) 73:1 (2007), 7-26.link