Seth Perry

Seth Perry joined the Princeton faculty in 2014, having taught previously at the University of Washington and Indiana University. He is interested in American religious history, with a particular focus on print culture and the creation of religious authority. Perry’s recent work includes an essay on early Mormons’ use of the American landscape (“‘Go Down into Jordan: No, Mississippi’: Mormon Nauvoo and the Rhetoric of Landscape” in Gods of the Mississippi (Indiana University Press, 2013)), an article on early-national bible advertising (“‘What the Public expect’: Consumer Authority and the Marketing of Bibles, 1770-1850,” American Periodicals 24, no. 2 (2014)), and an article on Joseph Smith’s participation in the print bible culture of the early nineteenth century (forthcoming in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion). Perry’s current book projects include Abandoned Quarries: Bibles and Authority in Early-National America, which explores the performative, rhetorical, and material aspects of bible-based authority in early-national America, and a book-length micro-history centering on the eccentric preaching career of Lorenzo Dow, the early-national period’s most famous itinerant preacher (his article on Dow appeared in early 2015). Perry’s work has appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Common-place, and the LA Review of Books. Perry was a Mellon Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early-American Studies in 2011-12.