Jon Butler is known for his research on the role of religion in early American history, He is the author of several award-winning books, most recently, God in Gotham: The Miracle of Religion in Modern Manhattan. Praised as “enthralling” by Elizabeth Alexander, it was published by Harvard University Press.
His other books include Awash in A Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People, winner of the Beveridge Prize and the Outler Prize, and Becoming America: The Revolution Before 1776, a Los Angeles Times bestseller and a History Book Club selection.
Jon is the Howard R. Lamar Professor Emeritus of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies at Yale University. At Yale, he served as chair of the American Studies Program, as director of the Division of the Humanities, and as chair of the Department of History . He was dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and also served as interim University Librarian. He is currently an adjunct research professor at the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, in the Department of History.