Michael Pasquier
Assistant Professor

208A Coates Hall

COURSES TAUGHT:   History of Religion in the United States, History of Christianity, Religion in Southern Culture, American Catholic History, Religion in Louisiana, Religion and Film
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS:   American religious history; Religion in the Mississippi River Valley; Religion in French colonial Louisiana; Religion in the U.S. South; Religion and the Environment; American Catholicism
INTERESTED IN DIRECTING THESES AND DISSERTATIONS ON:   American Catholicism; American religious history; Religion in the U.S. South, the Gulf South, and/or Louisiana


BA, Louisiana State University (2002)
MA, Florida State University (2003)
PhD, Florida State University (2007)

Awards and Honors:
Summer Stipend, NEH, 2013
Robert Udick Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, LSU, 2012
Art Works (Design) Grant, NEA, 2012-2013
Fellow, Summer Institute on American Religion and the Spatial Humanities, NEH, 2012
Great Places Research Award, Environmental Design Research Association, 2011
Fellow, Young Scholars in American Religion, IUPUI, 2010-2012
Visiting Scholar, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2008-2009
Dorothy Mohler Research Grant, Catholic University of America, 2006
Fellow, The Filson Historical Society, 2006
Research Grant, Cushwa Center, University of Notre Dame, 2005
Phi Beta Kappa, LSU, 2002

Notable Articles:  

“Religion and the American Landscape,” Religion Compass 7, no. 4 (March 2013), 137-148.

“The Lost Graves of the Morganza Floodway," Places (February 2013).

“When Catholic Worlds Collide: French Missionaries and Ecclesiastical Politics in Louisiana, 1803-1845,” in In God’s Empire: French Missionaries and the Modern World, edited by J. P. Daughton and Owen White (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), 29-46.

“Catholicism to 1945,” in The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America, edited by Philip Goff (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), 478-490.

“‘Though Their Skin Remains Brown, I Hope Their Souls Will Soon Be White’: Slavery, French Missionaries, and the Roman Catholic Priesthood in the American South,” Church History 77, no. 2 (June 2008): 337-370.

“Medjugorje in the American South: Our Lady of Tickfaw and the Politics of Devotion,” U.S. Catholic Historian 24, no. 4 (Fall 2006): 125-148.

“Our Lady of Prompt Succor: The Search for an American Marian Cult in New Orleans,” in Saints and Their Cults in the Atlantic World, edited by Margaret Cormack (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2006), 128-149.



Fathers on the Frontier: French Missionaries and the Roman Catholic Priesthood in the United States, 1789-1870, Religion in America Series (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010).

Gods of the Mississippi (Editor), Religion in North America Series (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013). 


Water Like Stone: A Portrait of a Louisiana Fishing Village (Co-Producer with Zack Godshall), forthcoming 2013.