Articles by Catherine Wessinger

Catherine Wessinger

Catherine Wessinger is the Rev. H. James Yamauchi, S.J. Professor of the History of Religions at Loyola University New Orleans. She is the author of How the Millennium Comes Violently: From Jonestown to Heaven’s Gate (2000), and the editor of Millennialism, Persecution, and Violence: Historical Cases (2000) and The Oxford Handbook on Millennialism (2011). She is co-general editor of Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. She may be reached at

Last Questions for Jonestown (2013)

The Problem Is Totalism, Not “Cults”: Reflections on the Thirtieth Anniversary of Jonestown (2008)

Imagination and History: Tape Q875 and the Day after the Jonestown Mass Murders/Suicides (2005)

Thoughts on the 25th Anniversary of Jonestown (2003)

1978 – Jonestown (2000)

How the Millennium Comes Violently (2000)