Leonard Norman Primiano is Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania. He has a foundation in religious studies and folklore and folklife studies, and teaches courses on the history of Christianity, vernacular religion, religious folklife, contemporary moral problems, and contemporary American religion.
In 2010, he was selected to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities-supported Summer Fellowship program “Broadening the Digital Humanities,” held at the Vectors-IML/UC-HRI Summer Institute at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy. He is also writing and producing the documentary film “I Know You Are God: The Marriage of Father and Mother Divine.
He has served as the developer and curator of Cabrini's Religious Folk, Popular, Liturgical Arts Collection since its inception in 2002. Primiano was elected to the Executive Board of the American Folklore Society for a three-year term in January 2011. He is the co-chair of the Folk Belief and Religious Folklife chapter of the American Folklore Society.
His research areas include American religion; vernacular, folk, and popular religion; American folklore and folklife studies; religious material culture (including Roman Catholic “holy cards”); and religion and the media, including Catholicism and television.
Recent and upcoming publications include:
Vernacular religion is a subject which fascinates us here at the RSP, because in keeping with our critical perspective, it challenges that idea that neat categorical boundaries may be drawn, and reminds us that when attempts are made to draw them, particular interests are being served.