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About Peter Gottschalk

Peter Gottschalk is a Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University. His research and teaching concentrate on the dynamics of cultural interpretation and conflict at the intersection of Muslim, Hindu, Christian, and secular traditions. He is interested particularly in understanding how assumptions of mutual antagonism form between groups despite evidence of religious confluence, and how comparison and categories work in how we know the world. Most recently, he has published Religion, Science, and Empire: Classifying Hindus and Muslims in British India (Oxford University Press) and American Heretics: Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and the History of Religious Intolerance (Palgrave). His work has been mentioned in The New York Times,USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, and The Times Literary Supplement while he has appeared on Voice of America, Air America, National Public Radio, and C-SPAN’s BookTV. He received his B.A. in History at the College of the Holy Cross, his M.A. in South Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. in the History of Religions from the University of Chicago.


Present Professor of Religion, Wesleyan University


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Contact Information

Department of Religion
Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT 06459
Phone: 860.685.2293
Fax: 860.685.2821


Books (5)

Contributions to Books (10)

Articles (3)