Michael  Pasquier 
Associate Professor
On leave, 2014-15
PhD: American Religious History, Florida State University, 2007
Phone: (225) 578-2271
Note: Fall 2014: Leave
Office: 208A 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. In 2013-14, he served as the Section Head of the Religious Studies program at LSU.
Area of Interest

Dr. Pasquier specializes in the history of religion and culture in the United States. His first book, Fathers on the Frontier, profiles the lives of French missionary priests in the United States. He also edited the volume Gods of the Mississippi, which considers the history of religion in the Mississippi River Valley from the colonial period to the present. He is currently at work on several multidisciplinary projects related to religion and the environment in Coastal Louisiana and the Mississippi River Delta.


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 & Honors


  • Official Documentary Film Selection, Water Like Stone (w/ Director Zack Godshall), New Orleans Film Festival, 2013
  • 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” (w/ LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio), 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
  • 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
  • Hugh F. Rankin Prize for Best Graduate-Level Paper, Louisiana Historical Association, 2005
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Louisiana State University, 2002
Selected Publications


  • Fathers on the Frontier: French Missionaries and the Roman Catholic Priesthood in the United States, 1789-1870. Religion in America Series. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Edited Volumes

  • Gods of the Missisisppi. Editor. Religion in North America Series. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013.



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


Articles and Chapters

  • "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 in Saints and Their Cults in the Atlantic World. Ed. by Margaret Cormack. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2006.