Laura Rominger Porter, Ph.D.


“Evangelical Republicanism and the Rhetoric of Southern Secession, 1860-1861.” Conference paper delivered at Weapons of Mass Seduction: Political Discourse in the United States, Roosevelt Study Center, Middleburg, The Netherlands, and the University of Ghent, Belgium, Nov. 6-9, 2013.

“Church, State, and the Public Moral Order in the Nineteenth-century Upper Southwest.” Conference paper delivered at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, St. Louis, MO, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2013.

“From Sin to Crime in the Nineteenth-century American South.” Conference paper delivered at Religion and American Life, King’s College London, London, UK, Feb. 22-24, 2013.

“The Losing War Against ‘Sin’ in the Upper Southwest, 1861-1877.” Conference paper delivered at the biennial meeting of the Society of Civil War Historians, Lexington, Kentucky, June 14-16, 2012.

“The Problem of ‘Sin’ in the Civil War-Era Upper South.” Invited talk delivered at The Civil War and Sacred Ground: Moral Reflection on the Civil War, The Raven Foundation and The Center for Applied Christian Ethics, Wheaton College, March 16-17, 2012.

“From Citizens of Zion to Citizens of the State: The Protestant Moral Order in the Nineteenth-Century Upper South.” Conference paper delivered at Profane Imprints on the Sacred: What Religion Owes to Politics, IMAGER (Research Institute on English-, German-, and Romance Language-Speaking Cultures), Université Paris-Est Créteil and Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, June 17, 2011.

“From Church Elders to Elder Statesmen: Evangelical Jurisprudence and Moral Regulation in the Antebellum Upper South.” Conference paper delivered at the American Society of Church History, Calvin College, April 7-9, 2011.

“The Political Meaning of Religious Rebellion in Kentucky and Tennessee, 1844-1860.” Conference paper delivered at Secessions: From the American Revolution to the Civil War, Filson Institute for the Advanced Study of the Ohio Valley and the Upper South, Oct. 2010.