Kate Carté

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Associate Professor



Office: Dallas Hall Room 51
Phone: 214-768-2977
Email: kecarte[@]smu.edu



Bio: Dr. Kate Carté is an Associate Professor of History specializing in early American and Atlantic history, particularly the history of religion. Prior to coming to SMU in 2012, she was associate professor of history and Rothrock Fellow at Texas A&M University. She is the author of Religion and Profit: Moravians in Early America, which was awarded the 2010 Dale W. Brown Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. She has been a Charles A. Ryskamp Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, an affiliate fellow of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, a Franklin Fellow of the American Philosophical Society, and a Barra Postdoctoral Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. Her research and teaching interests center on the role of religion in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world, especially as it intersects with political and economic developments. Her current project, Religion Transformed, examines the impact of the American Revolution on religion and politics in the Anglo-American world.

Educational Background

Ph.D., history, University of Wisconsin; B.A., Haverford College

Courses Taught

  • Religion in America
  • Religion in US history to 1865
  • Religion in US history since 1865
  • Religion and the American Revolution
  • Introduction to Digital Humanities

    Selected Publications

    “Connecting Protestant in Britain’s Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Empire,” William & Mary Quarterly, January 2018, 75(1), 37-70.

    Triangulating Religion and the American Revolution through Jedidiah Morse,” Common-place, 15(3), May 2015.

    Religion and Profit: Moravians in Early America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009, paper 2011).

    “The SPCK and the American Revolution: The Limits of International Protestantism,” Church History, March 2012, 8(1), 77-103.

    “Moravians in the Eighteenth-century Atlantic World,” Journal of Moravian History, 12(1), Spring 2012, 1-19.

    “Religion and the Economy: New Methods for an Old Problem,” Early American Studies 8(3), Fall 2010, 482-514.