Dr. Martha L. Finch

Role: Faculty Emeritus
Campus: Springfield



PhD, 2000 University of California, Santa Barbara


  • REL131 Religion in America
  • REL346 Sexuality and American Religion
  • REL580/685 Theories of Religion
  • REL770 Basic Issues in Religion, Self, and Society
  • REL771 Religion and the Body

Research and professional interests

  • American religious history
  • Early New England studies
  • Religion and the body
  • Ritual studies
  • Food and religion
  • Religion and dress

Awards and honors

  • 2009: Teaching the Introductory Workshop Grant, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion - Acquired a grant for and organized a one-day workshop for department faculty to discuss teaching their introductory (General Education) courses
  • 2007: Public Affairs Grant, Photographic Exhibit “Picturing Faith: Religious America in Government Photography, 1935-1943,” Missouri State University - Acquired a grant for and organized exhibition of Great Depression photographs, exhibit created by Colleen McDannell of the University of Utah
  •  2004-05: Visiting Research Fellowship in Christian Thought and Practice, Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University - Selected for yearlong residential research fellowship: completed co-edited (with Etta M. Madden) volume, Eating in Eden: Food and American Utopias (Nebraska 2006), and book manuscript, Dissenting Bodies: Corporealities in Early New England (Columbia 2010)
  • 2004: Summer Faculty Fellowship, Missouri State University - Completed and published article in Church History
  • 2002-04: Young Scholars in American Religion Program, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis - Two-year program for early career scholars of American religious history