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About Holly Folk

Holly Folk is a cultural historian who works broadly in the areas of 19th and 20th century American religion. She is especially interested in groups that fall outside the ‘mainstream’, including new religious movements, communes and utopias, Native American religions, and Buddhism in America. Folk has presented papers on the history of chiropractic and religious utopianism. She has written many entries for The Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism, and her article on 19th century Catholic women appeared in The Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America. Folk is working on a book on early chiropractic and its ties to 19th century alternative medicine, and plans to continue to research how the metaphysical subculture of the Progressive Era responded to questions about science and religion. She teaches courses about religion in the United States and about the study of religion.


Present Faculty Member, Western Washington University Freshman Interest Group seminar
Present Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies Department, Western Washington University Liberal Studies Department

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Bond Hall 162
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225-9064