Fay Botham


Fay Botham is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, where she joined the faculty in the fall of 2005. Before coming to New York, she taught in the American Cultures Program at Loyola-Marymount University, Los Angeles. Her teaching and research interests focus on the historical roles of Christianity on American conceptions of race, gender, sexuality and marriage law, and on the religious psychology of racism in US history and contemporary culture. Her collection of essays, "Race, Religion, Region: Landscapes of Encounter in the American West" (University of Arizona Press), co-edited with Sara Patterson, will be out in Fall 2006. Fay is also working on a book,Almighty God Created the Races: Christianity, Interracial Marriage, and American Law, 1865-1967 which is to be published by the University of North Carolina Press. Fay holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion (History of Christianity) from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, an M.A. in Education from National-Louis University, Wheaton, Illinois, and a B.A. in Political Science, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.