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Chris Vecsey

Chris Vecsey

Harry Emerson Fosdick Professor of the Humanities and Native American Studies and Religion
Religion, 303 Lawrence Hall
p 315-228-7277
I have devoted my scholarly life to understanding American Indian religion, history, and culture. Colgate has supported my research generously and a generation of Colgate students has shared in my commitment to Native American studies.


BA, Hunter College, 1970; MA (1971), PhD (1977), Northwestern University

Teaching Experience

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 1976-82


American Indian religions, American religious history, American Indian studies, contemporary religious developments


Traditional American Indian religions, American Indian Christianity, American music history, journalism, and religion



  • Jews and Judaism in The New York Times (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., 2013)
  • Native Footsteps Along the Path of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, co-editor (Marquette University Press, 2012)
  • Following 9/11. Religion Coverage in the New York Times (Syracuse University Press, 2011)
  • The Crossing of Two Roads. Being Catholic and Native in the United States, co-editor (Orbis Books: 2003)
  • Where the Two Roads Meet (University of Notre Dame Press, 1999)
  • The Paths of Kateri's Kin (University of Notre Dame Press, 1997)
  • On the Padres' Trail (University of Notre Dame Press, 1996)
  • Handbook of American Indian Religious Freedom, editor (Crossroads, 1991)
  • Religion in Native North America, editor (University of Idaho Press, 1990)
  • Iroquois Land Claims, co-editor (Syracuse University Press, 1988)
  • Imagine Ourselves Richly (Crossroads, 1988, HarperSanFrancisco, 1991)
  • The Study of American Indian Religions, editor (Crossroads, 1983)
  • Traditional Ojibwa Religion and Its Historical Changes (American Philosophical Society, 1983)
  • Belief and Worship in Native North America, editor (Syracuse University Press, 1981)
  • American Indian Environments, co-editor (Syracuse University Press, 1980)


• American Indian Quarterly,
editor, special issue on American Indian religions (1983)
Numerous articles in various publications, including Commonweal, Christian Century, Journal of Religion in Africa, Journal of Religious Ethics, American Indian Quarterly, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Papers of the Society of Algonquianists, Temenos, and U.S. Catholic Historian


NEH Summer Fellow; Association of American Colleges Project QUILL; Canadian Studies Faculty Enrichment Grant; American Philosophical Society; Phillips Fund grant; W.K. Kellogg grant


Religion, Reported in The New York Times: Articles, 1970-2001

See "Using the News to Teach Religion," Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, PBS: Thirteen/WNET