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Joseph P. Slaughter

Assistant Professor of the Practice in Religion

110 Mt. Vernon Street, 201
860-685-2990

Associate Director, Center for the Study of Guns and Society

Visiting Assistant Professor, History

110 Mt. Vernon Street,

jslaughter01@wesleyan.edu

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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, and his next research focues on the religious lives of 19th century U. S. firearm manufacturers.

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 2:15-4pm, and by appointment 

Courses

Fall 2022
RELI 320 - 01
Schemers and Redeemers

Spring 2023
RELI 263 - 01
God and Guns