Dr. Philippa Koch


Religious Studies
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Religious Studies
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, 2016, University of Chicago Divinity School


  • REL 131 Religion in America
  • REL 346 Sexuality and American Religion
  • REL 368 Health and Body in American Religions
  • REL 580/685 Theories of Religion

Research and professional interests

My main research interest is the history of religion in America, with a focus on colonial America and the Atlantic world. In my book project, Persistent Providence: Healing Body and Soul in Early America, I examine how Christian communities responded to sickness and epidemics in a context of ever-new medical and scientific developments. My teaching on health and body brings this research to the modern world, and I enjoy exploring the connections between past and present and the continuing relevance of the themes of medicine, body, sexuality, and emotion in American religion.

I have published articles in Religions (2018) and Church History (2015 & 2016), and my writing has also appeared in The Atlantic (2016), Notches (2016), and Sightings (2012).

Awards and honors

  • Young Scholars in American Religion Program, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, 2019-2020
  • David B. Larson Fellowship in Health and Spirituality, John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, 2018
  • Dr. Liselotte Kirchner Postdoctoral Fellow, Francke Foundations, Halle, 2017
  • Colonial Essay Award, Colonial Society of Pennsylvania, 2016
  • Sidney E. Mead Prize, American Society of Church History, 2015
  • Junior Fellow, Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, 2015-2016
  • Newcombe Fellow, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 2014-2015
  • Carpenter Fellow, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 2013-2014