Katie Oxx, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Specialization: History of Christianity
Office: Bellarmine 207
Phone: 610-660-1860
Email: koxx@sju.edu


Katie Oxx is a native of north Jersey. She moved to Philadelphia in 1993 and has been in south Philly since 2002. She loves her family, her city, and being a hawk.


  • Bachelor of Arts, English, Trenton State College, 1993.
  • Master of Arts, Religious Studies, Claremont Graduate University, 2002.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Religious Studies, Claremont Graduate University, 2006.
  • Certificate of Proficiency, Geographical Information Sciences, Community College of Philadelphia, 2017.

Courses Taught

Religion and Race in Philadelphia
Theory and Method in Religious Studies
History of Christianity
Faith, Justice, and the Catholic Tradition
Urban Research Methods


Article: “Mapping Religious Space.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion in America, edited by John Corrigan. New York: Oxford University Press, (2018).

Article: “Inbetween the Living and the Dead: Using GIS to Map Ghosts in the Historical Philadelphia Landscape.” Space Place Project Number 7, edited by Rob Fisher and Len Capuli. London: Interdisciplinary Press, (2017).

Review of American Jesuits and the World: How an Embattled Religious Order Made Modern Catholicism Global, by John McGreevy. American Catholic Studies 127:3 (2016).

“The Philadelphia Bible Riots of 1844.” In The Philadelphia Religious History Reader, edited by Elizabeth Hayes Alvarez. Philadelphia: Temple University Press (2016).

Documentary film: Urban Trinity: The Story of Catholic Philadelphia. Directed by Andrew Ferrett. Philadelphia: History Making Productions, (2015).

“Envisioning Deep Maps: Exploring the Spatial Navigation Metaphor in Deep Mapping an Orthodox Congregation,” with Allan Brimicombe and Jonathan Rush, International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing 8:1 (December 2013), 16-52.

Review of The Bible and American Culture: A Sourcebook, Edited by Claudia Setzer and David Shefferman (Routledge Press, 2013), Journal of the American Academy of Religion (March 2015).

The Nativist Movement in American History: Religious Conflict in the 19th Century (New York: Routledge Press, 2013).

“Communism, the Bible, and American Christianity,” in Hans-Josef Klauck, Bernard McGinn, et. al. eds., The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception Volume 5. Circus to Diaspora (Berlin: DeGruyter Press, 2013).

“The Production of Religious Space in South Philadelphia: Interrogating the Procession of the Saints at Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Church,” under revision, Journal of Geography of Religion and Belief-Systems.

Steven K. Green, The Bible, the School, and the Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2012), review for Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, 82:3 (September, 2013).

“More Than ‘A Very Small Morsel,’” Review of Curt Cadorette, Catholicism in Social and Historical Context: An Introduction (Orbis, 2010) H-Catholic, H-Net Reviews (November 2011).

“Catholic Spatiality in Colonial and Early National Philadelphia,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Panel: Finding a Place for Spatial Theory in American Catholic Studies (Roman Catholic Studies Group), November 2011.

Review of Owen J. Dwyer and Derek H. Alderman, Civil Rights Memorials and the Geography of Memory (The Center for American Places at Columbia College, 2008) Journal of Southern Religion, Volume XII (August 2010).

"‘Sprung Forth As If By Magic’: Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church as Model for a Spatial Analysis of Mid Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia,” American Catholic Studies, 119/4 (Winter 2009).

“Why Should Evangelicals Have All the Good Christian Music? An Exploration of Catholics and Protestants in Popular, Young-Adult-Oriented Contemporary Christian Music,” The Almanack: The Journal of the Mid-Atlantic American/Popular Culture Association, Volume 17 (Fall 2008).

Grants and Awards

  • Extraordinary Achievement in Research and Faculty Merit Award, Saint Joseph’s University, 2015.
  • Diversity Grant for Course Development, “Religion and Race in Philadelphia,” Saint Joseph’s University, 2013.
  • Ignatian Pedagogy Fellowship, Saint Joseph’s University, 2013.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Institute, “Explorations in Advanced Geospatial Technologies and the Spatial Humanities” Fellowship, 2012.
  • Summer Research Grant, Saint Joseph’s University, 2012.
  • Diversity Grant for Course Development, “African Christianities in a Global Religious Tradition,” Saint Joseph’s University, 2007.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, Library Company of Philadelphia and Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 2005-2006.



  • American religious history 
  • Geography of religion
  • History of Christianity