Wesleyan portrait of Joseph P. Slaughter

Joseph P. Slaughter

Chamberlain Project Fellow in the Center for the Study of Public Life

Allbritton Center,


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BS U.S. Naval Academy
MA University of Maryland College Park
MA U.S. Naval War College
PHD University of Maryland College Park

Joseph P. Slaughter


Joseph Slaughter's research and teaching focuses on how religious movements and businesses have shaped American capitalism. His current book project, Faith in Markets (Columbia University Press), demonstrates how people's religious identities influence their economic decisions. His work also explores the intersection of war and religion, as well as the ways in which religious, military, and economic identities of U.S. Protestants coalesced to transform American evangelicalism into a globally influential and controversial community in the late twentieth century. 

Before coming to Wesleyan, Slaughter taught world and early American history at the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned his PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park in December 2017. Prior to his doctoral studies, he served in the U.S. Navy as a C-2 Greyhound pilot on the USS Harry S. Truman and a catapult and arresting gear officer on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

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Office Hours

TuTh 10:15-12:00, and by appointment 


Fall 2021
HIST 208 - 01
War and Religion

Spring 2022
HIST 308 - 01