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Joseph P. Slaughter

Visiting Assistant Professor, History

110 Mt. Vernon Street, 201

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 religious identities in the United States' early decades influenced economic decision-making, leading to the formation of distinct visions of the emerging American capitalist system. His work also explores how religion shaped the way indigenous peoples and early American colonists approached warfare, including the early American non-violent tradition of Anabaptist, Pietist, and Quaker immigrants. 

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