Orthodoxy in the United States
Orthodox Christianity in United States (under contract with Routledge Press) explores major trends, important events, and transnational connections of Orthodox theology, history, cultural life, and social practice in the United States. Orthodox Christians from the Middle East, Eastern Europe, South Asia, East Africa, and elsewhere have immigrated to America for more than two hundred years, contributing to American religious, political, legal, literary, and material landscapes. Their stories are, however, rarely incorporated into the often Protestant-centric narratives of American religious history. As a corrective, this textbook (co-authored with Candace Lukasik) will examine Orthodox Christianity and Orthodox Christians in America through a multilayered approach that connects this branch of Christianity with religious, political, and social life in the United States, highlighting the multifaceted ways Orthodoxy and Orthodox Christians have shaped America.
Candace Lukasik is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Mississippi State University and a sociocultural anthropologist of transnational migration, indigeneity, violence, and memory drawing on ethnographic and archival methods between the Middle East and the United States. She is currently an AAUW American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellow and Affiliate Faculty Member in the Department of Anthropology at University at Buffalo. Her first book, Martyrs and Migrants: Blood and the Politics of Persecution, is forthcoming with NYU Press, and examines how American theopolitical imaginaries of global Christian persecution have remapped Coptic collective memory of martyrdom in migration.
American Orthodoxy or Orthodoxy in United States?
Orthodox Christianity in America is a concise introduction to the historical, cultural, and political development of Orthodox Christianity and Orthodox Christians in the United States. It is an invitation to explore the complex tapestry of Orthodox Christian experiences in North America that are entangled with immigration restrictions, racialization and racism, and theo-political difference from the 19th century to the 21st century. Though sharing in common traditions of Orthodox belief and practice, Orthodox Christianity in America tracks how Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Christians uniquely negotiated their ways through American society. This book prepares readers to continue studying Orthodox Christianity in and beyond the United States with fresh perspectives and questions in mind.