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Paul Gutjahr

Professor, Department Chair, Department of English

Adjunct Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Adjunct Professor, Department of American Studies

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Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1996

Research Interests

Professional Biography

My own academic interests tend to be eclectic. My training is in American Studies, so I favor approaches which are highly interdisciplinary in nature. My specialized field of research is the history of publishing and literacy in the United States. More commonly, I work in the area which has come to be called history of the book studies, and I work primarily in the North American context. I am interested in how different forms of writing influence a vast array of cultural practices from religious preaching to proper etiquette at meals. More specifically, I have spent my career working on religious publishing in the United States and have written extensively on the production of the English Bible in America. My two most recent books include: Charles Hodge: Guardian of American Orthodoxy and The Book of Mormon: A Biography. I have also edited a collection of essays on typography and textual interpretation and an anthology on 19th century American popular literature. For more information about me, you can visit my personal homepage at:


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