Marie Griffith is the Director of the John C. Danforth Center on
Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, where she
also serves as the John C. Danfoth Professor in the Humanities. She
obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia in
Political and Social Thought in 1989. She received both her MA and PhD in the study of religion from Harvard University. Upon earning her doctorate in 1995, she was awarded consecutive fellowships at both Princeton University and Northwestern University. In 1999 she joined the faculty at Princeton, eventually becoming Professor of Religion and Director for the Program in the Study of Women and Gender. While at Princeton, Griffith was awarded the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, along with the Cotsen Fellowship for Distinguished Teaching, in 2008. She returned to Harvard University, in 2009 as the John A. Bartlett Professor in the Divinity School, serving as well on the faculty committee for the History of American Civilization program in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Professor Griffith’s first major publication was God’s Daughters: Evangelical Women and the Power of Submission (1997), which examines the practices and perceptions of contemporary evangelical women. Her next book Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity (2004), explores the history of Christian-influenced attitudes and practices related to embodiment in modern America, culminating in the evangelical diet and fitness movement. These books, along with her three edited volumes -- Women and Religion in the African Diaspora: Knowledge, Power, and Performance (co-edited with Barbara Dianne Savage, 2006), Religion and Politics in the Contemporary United States (co-edited with Melani McAlister, 2008), and American Religions: A Documentary History (2007) -- exhibit Griffith’s varied and thoughtful scholarship. Her next book will be an analysis of sexuality debates in twentieth-century American Christianity titled Christians, Sex and Politics: An American History. In addition to her books Professor Griffith has published over thirty-one articles and books chapters and written more than twenty reviews.