University of Richmond religious studies and American Studies professor Douglas Winiarski will begin two central chapters of his latest book project, Shakers & the Shawnee Prophet: A Microhistory of Religious Violence on the Early American Frontier, 1805–1815, this summer.

His research is being funded by a $6,000 Summer Stipend by the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Shakers and the Shawnee Prophet examines the local sources of religious violence on the early American frontier during the years leading up to the War of 1812,” said Winiarski. “I anticipate that the book will resonate with readers attuned to the politics of religious difference and the troubling connections between religion and violence in our own times.” 

Winiarski is the author of Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England which was awarded several honors in 2018 including the prestigious Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy and the Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize.

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Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies
Religion in early America
Native American religions
Religion and popular/material culture