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Profile profile for ManseauP

Peter Manseau

Lilly Endowment Curator of American Religious History

Ph.D., Georgetown University
M.A., Georgetown University
B.A., University of Massachusetts

Research Specialties: 
  • American religious diversity
  • Relics and material culture of religious traditions
  • American Yiddish literature
  • Roman Catholicism in the United States
  • Science and religion
  • Religion and media
  • Religion in Early America (exhibition opening July 2017)
  • Objects of Devotion (exhibition publication, Smithsonian Books, April 2017)
Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 
  • National Jewish Book Award
  • American Library Association Sophie Brody Medal
  • National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship
  • Patrick Henry History Writing Fellowship
Professional Affiliations: 

American Academy of Religion


One Nation Under Gods: A New American History. Little, Brown, 2015.
Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World’s Holy Dead. Henry Holt, 2009.
Vows: The Story of a Priest, a Nun, and their Son. Free Press, 2005.