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Dr. Douglas L. Winiarski
Dr. Douglas L. Winiarski
Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies
Chair, Department of Religious Studies

Bancroft Prize, Columbia University

Nonfiction Book Award, New England Society

Outstanding Publication Award Article, Communal Studies Association

Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize, Massachusetts Historical Society

Richard L. Morton Award, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

Walter Muir Whitehill Prize in Early American History, Colonial Society of Massachusetts


The Memoirs of Josiah Cotton & Allied Documents. Boston: Colonial Society of Massachusetts (under contract).


“Seized by the Jerks: Shakers, Spirit Possession & the Great Revival.” William and Mary Quarterly 76 (2019): 111–150.

“Shakers & Jerkers: Letters from the ‘Long Walk,’ 1805 (Part 2).” Journal of East Tennessee History 90 (2018): 84–105.

“Shakers & Jerkers: Letters from the ‘Long Walk,’ 1805 (Part 1).” Journal of East Tennessee History 89 (2017): 90–110.

Lydia Prout’s Dreadfullest Thought.” New England Quarterly 88 (2015): 356–422.

The Sodomy Trial of Nicholas Sension, 1677: Documents and Teaching Guide,” ed. Richard Godbeer with Douglas L. Winiarski. Early American Studies 9 (2014): 402–443.

"Religious Experiences in New England." In Modern Christianity to 1900, edited by Amanda Porterfield, 209-32. Vol. 9. A People's History of Christianity. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2010.

“Native American Popular Religion in New England’s Old Colony, 1670–1770.” In Native Americans, Christian Missionaries, and the Reshaping of Early America’s Religious Landscape, ed. Joel W. Martin and Mark A. Nicholas, pp. 93–124.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010.

"Gendered 'Relations' in Haverhill, Massachusetts, 1719-1742." In Our Own Words: New England Diaries, 1600 to the Present, The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, Annual Proceedings 2006, ed. Peter Benes, 58-78. Boston: Boston University Press, 2008.

"Jonathan Edwards, Enthusiast? Radical Revivalism and the Great Awakening in the Connecticut Valley." Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture 74 (2005): 683-739.

"The Education of Joseph Prince: Reading Adolescent Culture in Early Eighteenth-Century New England." In The Worlds of Children, 1620-1920, The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, Annual Proceedings 2002, ed. Peter Benes, pp. 42-64. Boston: Boston University Press, 2004.

"Souls Filled with Ravishing Transport: Heavenly Visions and the Radical Awakening in New England, 1742." William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., 61 (2004): 3-46.

"Seeking Synthesis in Edwards Scholarship." William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., 61 (2004): 135-52.

"'Pale Blewish Lights' and a Dead Man's Groan: Tales of the Supernatural from Eighteenth-Century Plymouth, Massachusetts." William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., 55 (1998): 497-530.

Ph.D., Indiana University
M.Th., Harvard University
B.A., Hamilton College
Contact Information
102E Weinstein Hall
(804) 289-8329
(804) 287-6504 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Religion in early America
Native American religions
Religion and popular/material culture