Ann D. Braude

Ann D. Braude

Senior Lecturer on American Religious History
Director of the Women's Studies in Religion Program
Ann D. Braude


  • AB, Vassar College
  • MA, University of Chicago
  • PhD, Yale University


Ann Braude serves as the director of the Women's Studies in Religion Program and as Senior Lecturer on American Religious History at Harvard Divinity School. Her primary interest is the religious history of American women. Her first book, Radical Spirits: Spiritualism and Women's Rights in Nineteenth-century America, explores the engagement between the women's rights movement and the religious movement focused on contact with spirits of the dead. Ann Braude is also the author of Sisters and Saints: Women and American Religion, a history of the religion of American women for a general audience. She also has an interest in the issues surrounding the study of Native American religions, and is engaged in an ongoing research project concerning a Cheyenne child taken captive at the Sand Creek Massacre. She has published many articles on women in Judaism, Christian Science, and American religious life, and served as co-editor of Root of Bitterness: Documents of the Social History of American Women. She edited Transforming the Faiths of Our Fathers: The Women Who Changed American Religion, the result of a historic conference that brought 25 pioneers of religious feminism together at HDS. In 2005 she inaugurated the School's year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the admission of women to HDS with a convocation address entitled "A Short Half-Century: Fifty Years of Women at Harvard Divinity School." Gendering Religion and Politics: Untangling Modernity, which she co-edited with Hanna Herzog, appeared in 2009.

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