Photo by Margaret Thuesen

Photo by Margaret Thuesen

Peter J. Thuesen

Peter Thuesen is Professor of Religious Studies and Adjunct Professor of American Studies at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Co-editor of Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation, and Director of Humanities Research in the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture.  From 2009 to 2015, he chaired IUPUI’s Department of Religious Studies.  A historian of American religion and of the Christian tradition, he is author of the forthcoming Tornado God: American Religion and Violent Weather (Oxford, 2020).  His previous publications include Predestination: The American Career of a Contentious Doctrine (Oxford, 2009; paperback, 2011), which received the 2010 Christianity Today Book Award for History/Biography; The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Volume 26, Catalogues of Books (Yale, 2008); and In Discordance with the Scriptures: American Protestant Battles over Translating the Bible (Oxford, 1999; paperback, 2002), which received the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History.  He is also co-editor (with Philip Goff and Arthur E. Farnsley II) of The Bible in American Life (Oxford, 2017).  Educated at Princeton University (Ph.D., M.A.) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A.), he previously taught at Tufts University and at Yale Divinity School.