Thomas Tweed

Thomas Tweed

Harold and Martha Welch Professor

1044 Flanner Hall

Research Interests

  • Religion
  • Migration
  • Architecture, Landscape, and the Environment

Thomas A. Tweed, who did his graduate study at Harvard and Stanford, is the Harold and Martha Welch Professor of American Studies and Professor of History. He is affiliated with Latino Studies, Peace Studies, and the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, and he served as Chair of the Department of American Studies. Tweed previously taught at UT Austin, University of Miami, and UNC Chapel Hill, where he was Chair of Religious Studies, Zachary Smith Distinguished Professor, and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences. His publications, which include seven books and a six-volume series of historical documents, have been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and translated into four languages. Tweed edited Retelling U.S. Religious History and co-edited Asian Religions in America: A Documentary History, which Choice named an "outstanding academic book." He is the author of Crossing and Dwelling: A Theory of Religion and Religion: A Very Short Introduction. He also wrote Our Lady of the Exile: Diasporic Religion at a Cuban Catholic Shrine in Miami, which won the American Academy of Religion's 1998 book award, and America's Church: The National Shrine and Catholic Presence in the Nation's Capital, which received the same award in 2012. In 2015, Tweed served as president of the American Academy of Religion, the largest learned society for the study of religion. His forthcoming book will be published by Yale University Press as Religion in the Lands That Became America: From the Ice Age to the Information Age

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