Professor, Harold and Martha Welch Endowed Chair in American Studies
Ph.D., Stanford University
M.A., Stanford University
M.T.S., Harvard University
B.S., Pennsylvania State University
1044 Flanner Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: (574) 631-9721
Thomas A. Tweed is the Harold and Martha Welch Professor of American Studies and Professor of History. He is also Faculty Fellow in the Institute of Latino Studies and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. He previously taught at the University of Texas, the University of Miami, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. At UNC he was Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Zachary Smith Distinguished Professor, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, and founding director of the First Year Seminar Program. Tweed's research, which includes six books, has been supported by several grants and fellowships, including three from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He edited Retelling U.S. Religious History and co-edited Asian Religions in America: A Documentary History, which Choice named an "outstanding academic book." He also wrote The American Encounter with Buddhism, 1844-1912: Victorian Culture and the Limits of Dissent and Our Lady of the Exile: Diasporic Religion at a Cuban Catholic Shrine in Miami, which won the American Academy of Religion's book award. Tweed's Crossing and Dwelling: A Theory of Religion was published in 2006, and his most recent book, "America's Church": The National Shrine and Catholic Presence in the Nation's Capital, also received the AAR's book award for historical studies. His professional service has included work as external reviewer, expert witness, blog contributor, museum consultant, and media advisor. He has led workshops for high school teachers and been on the editorial board of journals, including Church History and History of Religions. In 2015, Tweed served as president of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), the largest professional organization for scholars of religion.
AMST 30190 - Religion in America
AMST 43151 - Religion and Irreligion
"America's Church": The National Shrine and Catholic Presence in the Nation's Capital (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011). Won the 2012 "Award for Excellence" from the American Academy of Religion.
Crossing and Dwelling: A Theory of Religion (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006).
Our Lady of the Exile: Diasporic Religion at a Cuban Catholic Shrine in Miami. Religion in America Series. (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997). Won the 1998 "Award for Excellence" from the American Academy of Religion.
The American Encounter with Buddhism, 1844-1912: Victorian Culture and the Limits of Dissent. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000). The Korean translation of the book was serialized in monthly installments in the periodical, Modern Buddhism: No. 219 (Sept. 2008) to No. 245 (Nov. 2010).
The American Encounter with Buddhism, 1844-1912: Victorian Culture and the Limits of Dissent. Religion in North American Series. (Indiana University Press, 1992).
"The Basilica of the National Shrine competes for attention on the Washington skyline with more familiar monuments, but it always stands out. Tweed masterfully explores its deep religious and cultural meanings for Catholics and non-Catholics alike."-- James M. O'Toole, Clough Chair in History Boston College
"America's Church is a work of extraordinary erudition and methodological sophistication. Using the history of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception as a lens for viewing the vast--and vastly complex--landscape of 20th century American Catholic culture, Tweed considers themes as diverse as architecture, iconography, gender, childhood, ethnicity, pilgrimage, philanthropy, and soteriology. He combines a journalist's eye for the telling detail with a scholar's ability to discern trends and patterns that truly matter. And all of it presented in prose as clear as it is elegant."-- Grant Wacker, Professor of Christian History, Duke University
"The book is an excellent addition for a college, secondary school or parish library and provides an alternative means to understanding Catholic history from an artistic, theological, social and philanthropic point of view. Highly recommended."--Catholic Library World