Julie Byrne holds the Monsignor Thomas J. Hartman Chair in Catholic Studies and serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Religion. Before arriving in New York in September 2006, she taught at Duke University (2004-06) and Texas Christian University (2000-04). Her second book, The Other Catholics: Remaking America’s Largest Religion, was published by Columbia University Press in 2016. It is a cultural history of independent Catholicism in the U.S. Her first book, O God of Players: The Story of the Immaculata Mighty Macs (Columbia 2003), tells the story of Catholic women's basketball in the Philadelphia archdiocese from 1930-75. In addition to Catholic Studies, Byrne writes and teaches subjects in American religion from gender and race to method and theory. Her courses at Hofstra include “What is Religion?," "What is Catholicism?", "The Jesus Class," "Demonology," "Religion & Media" and “Race & Religion in the Americas.” She publishes popular articles and speaks frequently to the media, including The New York Times, Newsday, Frontline and Voice of America. Byrne’s professional website can be found at profjuliebyrne.com.
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Writes for media, appears on television, speaks on the radio and consults for film, museums and newspapers, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Smithsonian,”Frontline,” Voice of America, News 12 Long Island, NY1’s “The Call,” NPR’s “Only A Game,” the Daily Beast, the Christian Science Monitor and the Religion News Service.
Duke University: Ph.D. 2001
Duke University: M.A. 1996
Duke University: B.A. 1990
Media Appearances (5)
Dr. Julie Byrne on Faith in America
When it came to chronicling “Faith In America: A History,” CBS News turned to Dr. Julie Byrne, Hofstra’s Monsignor Thomas J. Hartman Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies, who discussed religious intolerance in America and the need for people to become acquainted with faiths other than their own.
Indie Catholicism is Real: Married Clergy, LGBT Ordination, and Sacramental Justice For All
Religion Dispatches online
I was inspired by meeting independent Catholics!
At first I was aware of the existence of only one independent Catholic church, the Imani Temple in Washington, D.C. And I only knew of the Imani Temple because way back in 1988, when I was an undergraduate at Duke, I attended a mass celebrated by Father George Stallings, who was then a radical priest within the Roman church...
The Role Religion and Faith Play in People’s Lives
Dr. Julie Byrne, Hofstra’s Monsignor Thomas J. Hartman Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies, was interviewed on June 6 by Ernie Anastos of Fox5-WNYW in a special segment about faith and the varying role it can play in people’s lives.
The Pope’s ‘Amoris Laetitia’ Brings the Church Back to Old Traditions
The New York Times
In practical terms, the pope's new letter on marriage and the family, does nothing to help the Roman church thrive and grow — nor does it threaten any breach.
For one thing, before Amoris Laetitia, divorced and remarried Roman Catholics already had options within their faith. They could stay in the church and observe norms about not receiving communion, or they could find a priest who would give them communion anyway. So, Pope Francis’s encouragement to priests to have conversations and find solutions with the divorced among the faithful won't change much. The priests who are open to it are already doing it...
Why Catholic Colleges Excel at Basketball
The New York Times print
As the Final Four teams faced off for the 2018 NCAA men's basketball championship during Easter weekend, The New York Times interviewed Hofstra's Julie Byrne, Associate Professor of Religion and the Monsignor Thomas J. Hartman Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies and asked her why Catholic colleges have always been so well represented in the tournament.
What is Religion; Demonology; Religion & Media; Religion in the Americas;
Teaching interests include American religion, US Catholicism, global Catholicism, fieldwork in religion, African American religion, gender and religion, religion and media