University College Senior Lecturer, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. Studies American religious communities, American religious history, landscape and material culture. Ph.D. (2010) University of Tennessee, Knoxville; M.A. (2001) Iliff School of Theology / University of Denver.



American Religious History

Cities of Zion: The Holiness Movement and Methodist Camp Meeting Towns in America (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019).

Free Sample Chapter: CHAPTER 2: "From Parlor to Forest Temple."


If your local University library hasn't bought a copy of Cities of Zion, and you want an accessible history of camp meeting revivalism in the United States (focused on the Northeast) then check out this chapter.


“Cities of Zion: Methodist Camp Meeting Associations and Vernacular Town Planning,” Journal of Planning History, 17: 1 (January 2018):42-66. -- Link:

“Ocean and Grove: Holiness, Leisure, and Contested Landscapes at Ocean Grove, New Jersey,” American Nineteenth Century History, 18:2 (2017):107-129. -- LInk:

“As We Will Know Each Other in Heaven: The Place of the 1872 Knoxville National Camp Meeting in the Imagined Geography of the Wesleyan Holiness Movement.” Journal of Southern Religion 19 (February 2017):

“In the Wild Dark Pines: Crisis, Legitimacy, and the Origins of the National Camp-­Meeting Association for the Promotion of Holiness.” Methodist History 52:1 (2014): 43-­57. -- Link:

Material Culture and Landscapes

“‘The Greatest Agricultural Colony on Earth’: Landscape and Community Development of the Estelle Colony, Atlantic County, New Jersey, 1895-1910,” Pennsylvania History 8:4 (2018): 488-529. -- Link:

“At Play in the Gate of Heaven: Methodist Material Discourses of Leisure and the Picturesque at Round Lake, New York.” Material Culture 49:1 (2017):1-­25. -- Link:



Frequently-taught Courses & Syllabi

First Year Seminars -- Appalachian State University

August 2010 - Present

Sacred Spaces -- Appalachian State University -- Boone, NC

Historical Landscapes -- Appalachian State University -- Boone, NC

Contemporary American Religion -- Appalachian State University -- Boone, NC

Other Courses -- Appalachian State University & Elsewhere

2004 - Present

Religion and Imaginary Worlds -- Department of Philosophy and Religion, Appalachian State University -- Boone, NC

Introduction to Sociology -- Roane State Community College -- Harriman, TN

American Religious History -- University of Tennessee -- Knoxville, TN

World Religions -- University of Tennessee -- Knoxville, TN

Religious Retreats in the Carolina High Country -- Watauga College - Appalachian State University -- Boone, NC

The Arab Spring -- Watauga College - Appalachian State University -- Boone, NC

Bodies, Places, Spaces, and Things -- Department of Interdisciplinary Studies - Appalachian State University -- Boone, NC​


Contact Samuel Avery-Quinn, PhD regarding his published work, course offerings or any other inquires.

Boone, NC, USA

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