Kathryn Lofton researches the relationship between American culture and the history of religions. Born in Milwaukee, she received her A.B. from the College of the University of Chicago, her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill prior to teaching at Reed College and Indiana University, Bloomington. Her first book addresses Oprah Winfrey as a signifier of modern religion; her second focuses on the sexuality of Protestant fundamentalism.