Michael Pasquier

Michael Pasquier

Associate Professor of Religious Studies and History
Jaak Seynaeve Professor of Christian Studies

Ph.D.: American Religious History, Florida State University, 2007

Phone: 225-578-2271
Office: 210A Coates


Michael Pasquier, a native of Louisiana, received his B.A. at LSU, graduating summa cum laude in 2002 with majors in history and religious studies. He received his Ph.D. in American Religious History at Florida State University in 2007. He was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008-2009. He has been a member of the Religious Studies faculty at LSU since 2008. He served as Section Head for Religious Studies at LSU from 2013 until 2019.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Pasquier specializes in the history of religion in the United States, with areas of concentration in American Catholicism and religion in the U.S. South. His first book, Fathers on the Frontier, profiles the lives of French missionary priests and the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. His forthcoming textbook, Religion in America: The Basics, is a concise and affordable introduction to the study of American religious history. 

Dr. Pasquier's work on religion and culture in the Mississippi River Delta has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the editor of Gods of the Mississippi, a collection of essays on the history of religion in the Mississippi Valley, and co-producer of the film Water Like Stonea documentary about a Louisiana fishing village facing environmental and economic decay. He also co-curated the traveling exhibit On Land | With Water: Tracking Change in a Coastal Community, which told stories of cultural transformation through the perspectives of those who live near Louisiana's deteriorating coastline. He is currently at work on several multidisciplinary projects related to religion and the environment in Coastal Louisiana and the Mississippi River Delta. In 2017-2018, Dr. Pasquier will be producing the audio documentary series "Coastal Voices", which will explore the relationships between people, land, and water in Louisiana.

Courses Offered

  • REL 1000 Religions of the World
  • REL 2000 Introduction to the Study of Religion
  • REL 2033: American Religions
  • REL 3000 Christianity
  • REL 3010: Religion in Louisiana
  • REL 3102: American Catholic History
  • REL 4161: History of Religion in the United States
  • REL 4171: Religion in Southern Culture
  • HNRS 2021: Religion and the Cinematic Experience
  • HNRS 3031: Religion and Public Life in America 

Awards and Honors

  • Public Engagement Fellowship, "Coastal Voices," The Whiting Foundation, 2017-2018
  • Emerging Scholar Rainmaker Award for Research and Creativity, Office of Research and Economic Development, LSU, 2014
  • Summer Stipend, “Religion and Landscape in the Mississippi River Delta,” National Endowment for the Humanities, 2013
  • Robert Udick Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, LSU, 2012
  • Art Works (Design) Grant, “On Land / With Water: A Mobile Museum,” National Endowment for the Arts, 2012-2013
  • Fellow, Summer Institute on American Religion and the Spatial Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2012
  • Documentary Project Grant, “The Delta Floods: A Story of the Mississippi,” LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio, 2011
  • Great Places Research Award, “Measured Change: Tracking Transformations on Bayou Lafourche” (w/ LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio), Environmental Design Research Association, 2011
  • Seminar Fellow, Young Scholars in American Religion, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, 2010-12
  • Research Grant (w/ Kristi Dykema and Jeff Carney), LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio, 2011
  • Council on Research Summer Stipend, Louisiana State University, 2010
  • Service-Learning Faculty Scholar, Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership, Louisiana State University, 2010
  • Visiting Scholar, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in association with the Harvard Humanities Center, 2008-09
  • Graduate Research and Creativity Award, Florida State University, 2007
  • Dorothy Mohler Research Grant, Catholic University of America, 2006
  • Filson Fellowship, Filson Historical Society, Louisville, KY, 2006
  • Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism Research Travel Grant, University of Notre Dame, 2005
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Louisiana State University, 2002

Selected Publications



  • Water Like Stone. Co-Producer and Co-Writer with Director Zack Godshall. Oysterstone LLC, 2013. 

Articles and Chapters

  • “Love Vine and Lived Religion in Louisiana,” in The Louisiana Field Guide: Understanding Life in the Pelican State (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University, 2014), 98-121.
  • “The Invisibility of Voodoo, or, the End of Catholic Archives in America,” American Catholic Studies 125, no. 3 (Fall 2014), 12-15.
  • “Creole Catholicism before Black Catholicism: Religion and Slavery in French Colonial Louisiana,” Journal of Africana Religions 2, no. 2 (2014), 271-279.
  • “A Religious Centre with a Civic Circumference: Towards the Concept of a Deep Map of American Religion,” With Stuart Dunn and Lesley Kadish, International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing 7, no. 1-2 (2013): 190-200.
  • "Religion and the American Landscape.” Religion Compass 7:4 (March 2013): 137-148.
  • “The Lost Graves of the Morganza Floodway.” Places (February 2013).
  • “When Catholic Worlds Collide: French Missionaries and Ecclesiastical Politics in Louisiana.” Pages 29-46 in In God’s Empire: French Missionaries and the Modern World. Ed. by J.P. Daughton and Owen White. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • “Catholicism to 1945.” Pages 478-90 in The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America. Ed. by Philip Goff. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
  • “‘Though Their Skin Remains Brown, I Hope Their Souls Will Soon Be White’: Slavery, French Missionaries, and the Roman Catholic Priesthood in the American South.” Church History 77.2 (June 2008): 337-370.
  • “Medjugorje in the American South: Our Lady of Tickfaw and the Politics of Devotion.” U.S. Catholic Historian 24.4 (Fall 2006): 125-148.
  • “Our Lady of Prompt Succor: The Search for an American Marian Cult in New Orleans.” Pages 128-49 inSaints and Their Cults in the Atlantic World. Ed. by Margaret Cormack. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2006.