Tracy Fessenden teaches in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. There she has served as Associate Director and Faculty Head in Religious Studies. Prior to receiving the Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia she studied literature at Yale University. Her work focuses gender, race, and sexuality in American religious history; religion and American literature and the arts; and the relationship between religion and the secular in American law and public life. She is the author of Culture and Redemption: Religion, the Secular, and American Literature (Princeton UP, 2007; paperback 2013), co-editor of The Puritan Origins of American Sex: Religion, Sexuality and National Identity in American Literature (Routledge, 2001) and Religion, the Secular, and the Politics of Sexual Difference (Columbia UP, 2013), and General Editor of the North American Religions series at New York University Press.