Jonathan Sheehan


Director, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion


PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1999

BA, Brown University, 1991

Research Interests

The cultural and intellectual history of early modern Europe, with particular interest in the history of religion, science, and scholarship. Other areas include: the history of secularism and secularization, Jewish-Christian relations, the history of the disciplines, the afterlife of the Protestant Reformation, and the history of reading and print culture.

Academic Positions

Professor, UC Berkeley, 2014–

Associate Professor, UC Berkeley, 2007–2014

Associate Professor, University of Michigan, 2005–2007

Assistant Professor, Indiana University, 2000–2005

Selected Awards

2007–2009, National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grant.

2006, Summer research fellow, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbuettel, Germany.

2004, Indiana University President's Arts and Humanities Initiative Fellowship.

2003, Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Indiana University.

2002–2003, Fellow, Center for the Study of Religion. Princeton University.

1999–2000, Andrew Mellon postdoctoral fellow, UCLA Humanities Consortium.

1998–1999, Charlotte Newcombe Fellowship for Religion and Ethics, Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

1997–1998, Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities Dissertation Fellowship.

1997–1998, Mabel Mcleod Lewis Fellowship

1996–1997, DAAD Annual Research Fellowship.


with Dror Wahrman, Invisible Hands: Self-Organization and the Eighteenth Century (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

The Enlightenment Bible: Translation, Scholarship, Culture (Princeton University Press, 2005). Winner of the 2005 George L. Mosse Prize from the American Historical Association. Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2005.

Selected Articles

"Thinking About Idols in Early Modern Europe," special volume introduction for Journal of the History of Ideas 67 (October 2006): 561-69.

"The Altars of the Idols: Religion, Sacrifice, and the Early Modern Polity," Journal of the History of Ideas 67 (October 2006): 648-74.

"Sacred and Profane: Idolatry, Antiquarianism, and the Polemics of Distinction in the Seventeenth Century," Past and Present 192 (August 2006): 37-66.

"The Stamp of Time Elapsed: Anthropology and the Flood in the Seventeenth Century," Sintflut und Gedächtnis, ed. Martin Mulsow and Jan Assmann (Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2006), 321-336.

"Enlightenment, Religion, and the Enigma of Secularization," American Historical Review 108.4 (October 2003): 1061-1080.

Professor Jonathan Sheehan


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