Seth Perry joined the Princeton faculty in 2014, having taught previously at the University of Washington and Indiana University. He is interested in American religious history, with a particular focus on print culture and the creation of 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 theJournal of the American Academy of Religion. Perry’s current book projects includeAbandoned Quarries: Bibles and Authority in Early-National America, which explores the performative, rhetorical, and material aspects of bible-based authority in early-national America, and a biography of Lorenzo Dow, the early-national period’s most famous itinerant preacher (his article on Dow appeared in early 2015). Perry’s work has appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Common-place, 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.
- "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.