Professor of American Studies
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Thomas A. Tweed is the Harold and Martha Welch Professor of American Studies and Professor of History. He is chair of the American Studies Department and also is Faculty Fellow in the Institute of Latino Studies, the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. After graduate school at Harvard and Stanford, Tweed taught at the University of Texas, the University of Miami, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. At UNC, where he won a teaching award, Tweed 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 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 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. In 2015, Tweed served as president of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), the largest professional organization for scholars of religion, and he is now writing a history of religion in America.