Seth Perry joined the Princeton faculty in 2014. He is interested in American religious history, with a particular focus on print culture and religious authority. Perry’s most recent work includes “The Many Bibles of Joseph Smith: Textual, Prophetic, and Scholarly Authority in Early-National Bible Culture” in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and “Scripture, Time, and Authority among Early Disciples of Christ” in Church History. Perry’s first book, Bible Culture and Authority in the Early United States (under contract with Princeton University Press) explores the performative, rhetorical, and material aspects of bible-based authority in early-national America. His current book project is a biography of Lorenzo Dow, the early-national period’s most famous itinerant preacher (his article on Dow appeared in 2015). Perry’s work has appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Common-place, The Huffington Post, and the LA Review of Books. He very occasionally posts at The Junto (earlyamericanists.com). Perry was a Mellon Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early-American Studies in 2011-12. He serves as Departmental Representative for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Courses – Fall 2017
Studies in the Religions of the Americas : Religion in America to 1865
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- “Scripture, Time, and Authority among Early Disciples of Christ” Church History
- “Happy Paine Day,” The Huffington Post
- "The Many Bibles of Joseph Smith: Textual, Prophetic, and Scholarly Authority in Early-National Bible Culture," Journal of the American Academy of Religion
(in print September 2016).
- "Cosmopolite's Mount Sinai Domains: Lorenzo Dow Dreams of Empire in the Era of Good Feelings," Common-place 15:3
- "A Mother Where?" Review of Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity
(LA Review of Books, April 2015)
- Video: "25 Years Later: Nathan Hatch's The Democratization of American Christianity,"
Wake Forest University, February 6, 2015.