Kristi W Bain


Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

How did you learn about My-Parish?

Warwick Symposium on Parish Research

E-mail Address (available to other members)

What aspects of parish life, culture and heritage most interest you?

gender and the family, preservation and memory, ritual, devotion and religious change, towns and urban environment

Which regions most interest you?

British Isles, Germany

What resources or experiences were most influential in shaping your parish interests?

My interest in the parish is both academic and personal. My upbringing in a small Protestant community in the rural Midwestern United States has shaped my interest in grassroots religious practice. My academic interests stem from theorists and historians of religion and society who focus specifically on the dynamics of community formation and convention, such as Pierre Bourdieu, Emile Durkheim, and David Gross; and social and cultural historians of the parish, such as Eamon Duffy, Katherine French, and Gervase Rosser.