Philippa Koch

No picture - large sizeAssistant Professor
Religious Studies

Academic Interests

  • Religion in America
  • Health and the Body in American Religion
  • Religion in Early America
  • History of Christianity 

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

In a few weeks, my second refereed article will appear: “Experience and the Soul in Eighteenth-Century Medicine,” Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture (forthcoming in September). It was awarded the Sidney E. Mead Prize by the American Society of Church History. My other refereed publication is: “Slavery, Mission, and the Perils of Providence: The Writings of Whitefield and the Halle Pietists,” Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture 84 (June 2015), 369-393. Exciting (for me) was to have an article I wrote appear in The Atlantic (online): “Is ‘Epidemic’ the Right Metaphor for Gun Violence?” The Atlantic, January 4, 2016, 

Previous Experience

Last year I taught in the nursing program (online) at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA. In 2014, I taught in the college at the University of Chicago. I had various part-time jobs as a graduate student, but before I went to graduate school I worked in development, which was a great way to learn people and networking skills. 


Vachon Island, Washington 


  • Reading
  • Running
  • Walking
  • Cooking
  • Knitting
  • Singing

Future Goals and Aspirations

I am excited to keep working on my book and look forward to seeing it published, and I'm also looking forward to beginning my second project. I hope to continue developing as a teacher and researching, and I would love to return to Germany and England for more research opportunities. 

Life Outside the University

It's hard to be active in the community right after moving from far away! But I do have a very happy family life and a big extended family. We like to get together, go hiking, share meals, travel, talk on the phone, etc.  

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