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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.

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American Religious History

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

“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:

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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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