James Turner


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Cavanaugh Professor of Humanities, Emeritus

Graduate Program Field

United States History


Britain and Ireland; Early America; Intellectual; United States


B.A., History, Harvard College, 1968

A.M, History, Harvard University, 1971

Ph.D., History, Harvard University, 1975

Research and Teaching Interests

American and modern British intellectual history, especially the history of academic knowledge


Current research: a history of humanistic scholarship from antiquity to the twentieth century, to be published by Princeton University Press.

Selected publications:

Religion Enters the Academy: The Origins of the Scholarly Study of Religion in America (University of Georgia Press, 2011).

"From Philology to Religion in Victorian Britain: The Cases of Friedrich Max Müller and William Robertson Smith," Calcutta Historical Journal 27, no. 2 (July-December 2007): 1-15.

"Did the Old South Have a Mind of Its Own [review essay], Modern Intellectual History, 2 (2005): 121-33.

Language, Religion, Knowledge: Past and Present (University of Notre Dame Press, 2003).

"Le concept de science dans l'Amérique du XIX e siècle," Annales: Histoire, sciences sociales, May-June 2002, 753-72.

(With Jon H. Roberts) The Sacred and the Secular University (Princeton University Press, 2000).

The Liberal Education of Charles Eliot Norton (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999).

Without God, Without Creed: The Origins of Unbelief in America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985).

Reckoning with the Beast: Animals, Pain, and Humanity in the Victorian Mind (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1980).

Contact Information

Office: 513 Flanner Hall

Phone: 574-631-3434

Email: jturner2@nd.edu


Mailing Address:

219 O'Shuaghnessy Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556