Jason Sprague

Sprague, Jason
PhD Post Comp
Curriculum Vitae: 

Jason Sprague is a Ph.D. candidate in Religion in Europe and the Americas.  Jason earned an M.A. in Comparative Religion from Miami University in 2010 and a B.A. in Religion from Wabash College in 2005.

Jason studies the religious history of Native American Catholics in the Great Lakes region, with research interests in Great Lakes Native American religions, American Catholicism, and New Religious Movements in the United States.  Jason’s dissertation examines Odawa Catholicism in the L’Arbre Croche region of northern Michigan as it was practiced in the absence of a priestly presence between 1765 and 1829.  He has presented papers at a variety of conferences, including the Great Lakes History Conference, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Meeting, and the AAR Upper Midwest Regional Meeting.

He has served as a T.A. or instructor for the following courses: Religion and Social Life: Popular Television, Introduction to American Indian and Native Studies, Modern Religion and Culture, Quest for Human Destiny, and The Judeo-Christian Tradition.

Jason currently lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan where he teaches Michigan History in the Department of History and Philosophy at Eastern Michigan University and Religions of the World in the Department of Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts at the University of Michigan - Dearborn.

Selected Publications: 
Presentations: 
  • “The Odawa Mission: Education and the Development of Catholicism in Northern Michigan.”  James A. Rawley Graduate Conference in the Humanities, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, April 2016.
  • “Odawa Catholicism, the American State, and the Protestant Mission.”  2015 Great Lakes History Conference, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, October 2015.
  • “Kin, Commerce, and Catholicism: The Odawa of L’Arbre Croche and the Issue of Catholic Native American Neutrality in Pontiac’s War.”  2015 Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., June 2015.
Service and Public Engagement: 
  • Co-Coordinator for Religion Graduate Student Organization, University of Iowa, 2013, 2015.
  • Secretary/Treasurer for Religion Graduate Student Organization, University of Iowa, 2014, 2015.
  • Faculty Committee member for Religion Graduate Student Organization, University of Iowa, 2014.
  • Volunteer for the Religion, Literature and the Arts Conference, University of Iowa, September 2013.
  • Lecture Committee member for Religion Graduate Student Organization, University of Iowa, 2012.
  • Graduate student representative to Graduate Student Association, Miami University, 2008-2009.
Awards, Honors and Grants: 
  • The Study of Religion at Iowa Fund, University of Iowa, 2017.
  • The Robert and Mary Ann Small Stenger Scholarship Fund, University of Iowa, 2017.
  • M. Willard Lampe Scholarship Fund, University of Iowa, 2017.
  • Louis Penningroth Scholarship for teaching practices and skills as a mentor, University of Iowa, 2016.
  • Graduate College Fellowship Incentive Program, University of Iowa, 2016.
  • Graduate College Post Comprehensive Summer Fellowship, University of Iowa, 2016, 2015.
  • Cushwa Center Research Travel Grant, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, 2015.
  • John P. Boyle Award for recognition of academic excellence in Catholic Studies, University of Iowa, 2013.
  • Upper Midwest Regional Meeting Travel Grant, AAR/SBL, 2013.
  • Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Graduate Student Summer Institute, Newberry Library, 2010.
  • Miami University College of Arts and Science Graduate Student Teaching Award, Miami University, 2009.