Katie Oxx, Ph.D.

Assistant 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.


  • B.A., 1993, The College of New Jersey
  • M.A., 2002, Claremont Graduate University
  • Ph.D., 2006, Claremont Graduate University

Professional Experience

  • Producer and Director of Historical Content, "Urban Trinity: The Story of Catholic Philadelphia" premiering September 2015, History Making Productions.
  •  Corresponding Secretary, Board and Executive Committee, American Catholic Historical Society
  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Historical Association
  • American Society of Church Historians
  • American Catholic Historical Association  

Courses Taught

Religion and Race in Philadelphia; Theory and Method in Religious Studies; History of Christianity 


  • Religious Spatiality in the Colonial and Early National City. NEH Advanced Institute on Spatial Narratives, Digital Humanities Project. In progress, 2012-2015.
  • “‘The Only Ground Upon Which This Nation Can Ever Enjoy Divine Favor:’ The Christian Amendment, Slavery, and Millennialism in the Reformed Presbyterian Church,” American Society of Church Historians Annual Meeting, January 2015.
  • 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).
  •  “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.
  • “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).
  • Review of Church and Estate: Religion and Wealth in Industrial Era Philadelphia, Thomas Rzeznik (Penn State Press, 2013). Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, forthcoming.
  • “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

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Geo-Spatial Narratives fellow; Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Library Company of Philadelphia history Fellow; SJU Diversity Grant recipient 
  • Ignatian Pedagogy Grant
  • Title VI Department of Education Grant


  • Catholic studies, American religious history, geography of religion, social-scientific study of religion.
  •  “Fuzzy Catholics: Ghosts, Hauntings, and Mapping the Colonial Protestant Imagination in Philadelphia,” article in progress.
  • Religion, Race, and Place in North Jersey, ethnographic memoir in progress.