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[Photo]: Peter J. Thuesen

Peter J. Thuesen

Campus Address: CA 417D
Phone: 317-274-5942
Fax: (317)278-3354
Email: pthuesen@iupui.edu


Professor of Religious Studies
Adjunct Professor of American Studies
Co-Editor, Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation
Director of Humanities Research, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture


Ph.D., Princeton University, 1998
M.A., Princeton University, 1995
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993

Academic Interests

U.S. religious history; Christian thought; the Bible in American culture; religion, weather, and the sublime; theological debates over predestination, providence, and theodicy; Catholic-Protestant relations in the U.S.; Mormonism and American culture; history of the book in colonial British America


REL-R133 (Introduction to Religion), REL-R103 (The Bible and Culture), REL-R173 (American Religions), REL-R180 (Introduction to Christianity), REL-R313 (Religion and American Ideas), REL-R314 (Religion and Racism), REL-R339 (Varieties of American Religion), REL-R397 (Mormonism and American Culture)


Co-PI (with Philip Goff and Art Farnsley) on a $507,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment for a three-year research project, "The Bible in American Life" (2011-2014); Overseas Conference Fund Grant, Office of the Vice President for International Affairs, Indiana University (2009); Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, Research Travel Grant (2007); Indiana University New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Grant (2006); National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend (2003); fellowships from the Louisville Institute, the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


Current project: Tornado God: American Religion and Violent Weather (Under contract with Oxford University Press).
Predestination: The American Career of a Contentious Doctrine (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009; paperback, 2011); winner of the Christianity Today Book Award for History/Biography (2010).
The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 26, Catalogues of Books, editor (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008); final volume in the Yale edition of Edwards; includes 113-page critical introduction to Edwards' lifelong career as a reader.
In Discordance with the Scriptures: American Protestant Battles over Translating the Bible (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999; paperback 2002); winner of the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History.
Co-editor, with Philip Goff and Arthur E. Farnsley II, The Bible in American Life (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).


Chair, Department of Religious Studies (2009-2015)
Executive Committee, IU Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society (2014-2016)
Senior Warden, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Indianapolis (2013-2014)
Governing Board, Institute for Advanced Study, IU Bloomington (2009-2011)
Nominating Committee, American Society of Church History (2007-2008)
Council, American Society of Church History (2004-2007)

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