Current Fellow Cassandra Painter

Cassandra Painter

Linwood House 114

Fall Classes: Christ College Freshman Program, "Texts and Contexts"


Cassandra Painter is a modern European historian, particularly interested in the religious and cultural history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Germany. She received a BA in History, summa cum laude, from the College of Idaho in 2010, and an MA in History from the University of Rochester in 2012. She recently completed her PhD in History at Vanderbilt University in 2018, where she worked with Celia Applegate, David Blackbourn, and Helmut Walser Smith.

Professor Painter’s research focuses on lived religion in the modern world, in the uses of culture to express identity, and the ways in which traditions evolve and adapt over time and space. Her dissertation examined the life of stigmatic visionary Anna Katharina Emmerick (1774-1824) and the reactions she excited among physicians, scientists, and skeptics as well as clergy, poets, and pilgrims. Her revised book manuscript will greatly expand the chronological scope of her original project by following the surprising twists and turns of her evolving cult of veneration over two centuries of German history. Thus using Emmerick, her cult, and her critics, as a red thread to follow, her book will explore how German Catholics created meaning and built community in modern Germany; who was able to participate in this process; and how Catholics’ understanding of themselves, their faith and their place in Germany evolved over time.

Recent Publications

“Domesticating a Mystic: Catholic Saint-Making in Weimar Germany.” Central European History 51, no. 2 (June 2018): 228-248.

“Stigmatics.” Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions: Faith and Culture across History. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Publishers, forthcoming November 2018

“Setting the Starting Line of Global History: The Case for 1400.” Graduate History Review 5 No. 1 (2016) pp. 11-22.

Professor Painter’s personal website can be found here.

Professor Painter's complete biography

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