Thomas A. Tweed
Professor — Ph.D., Stanford University
Gwyn Shive, Anita Nordan Lindsay, and Joe and Cherry Gray Professor of the History of Christianity
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Tom Tweed taught at the University of Miami for five years and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1993 to 2008, where he was Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Zachary Smith Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies and adjunct professor of American Studies. In Fall 2008, he moved to The University of Texas at Austin, where he is Shive, Lindsay, and Gray Professor of Religious Studies. Tweed’s historical, ethnographic, and theoretical research, which includes six books and a six-volume series of historical documents, has been supported by several grants and fellowships, including three from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He edited Retelling U.S. Religious History (California, 1997) and co-edited Asian Religions in America: A Documentary History (Oxford, 1999), which Choice named an "outstanding academic book." He also wrote The American Encounter with Buddhism, 1844-1912: Victorian Culture and the Limits of Dissent (1992; UNC, 2000) and Our Lady of the Exile: Diasporic Religion at a Cuban Catholic Shrine in Miami (Oxford, 1997), which won the American Academy of Religion's Award for Excellence. Tweed's Crossing and Dwelling: A Theory of Religion was published by Harvard University Press in 2006, and his most recent book is an historical study of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, which appeared in 2011 as America's Church: The National Shrine and Catholic Presence in the Nation's Capitol (Oxford).
- Crossing and Dwelling: A Theory of Religion. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006.
- The American Encounter with Buddhism, 1844-1912: Victorian Culture and the Limits of Dissent. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1992; Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000.
- Editor. Buddhism in the United States, 1844-1925. 6 vols. Bristol, United Kingdom: Ganesha Publishing, 2004.
- Co-editor with Stephen Prothero. Asian Religions in America: A Documentary History. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.
- Our Lady of the Exile: Diasporic Religion at a Cuban Catholic Shrine in Miami. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.
Winner of the 1998 Award for Excellence from the American Academy of Religion.
- Editor. Retelling U.S. Religious History. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.
- “Crabs, Crustaceans, Crabiness, and Outrage: A Response.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 77 (2009).
- “Our Lady of Guadeloupe Visits the Confederate Memorial: Latino and Asian Religions in the South.” In Religion in the Contemporary South: Changes, Continuities, and Contexts, edited by Corrie E. Norman and Don S. Armentrout. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2005. Reprinted in Southern Cultures: The Fifteenth Anniversary Reader, 1993-2008, edited by Larry J. Griffin and Harry L. Watson. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008.
- “Why Are Buddhists So Nice?: Media Representations of Buddhism and Islam since 1945.” Material Religion 4 (2008).
- Contribution to the Forum “How the Graduate Study of Religion and American Culture Has Changed in the Past Decade.” Religion and American Culture 17 (2007).
- “Buddhist Communities Abroad.” In The Oxford Handbook of Global Religions, edited by Mark Juergensmeyer. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
- “The Spiritual Origins of the Freer Gallery of Art: Religious and Aesthetic Inclusivism and the First American Buddhist Vogue, 1879-1907.” The Journal of American and Canadian Studies [Japan] 24 (2006).
- "'The Seeming Anomaly of Buddhist Negation': American Encounters with Buddhist Distinctiveness, 1858-1877." Harvard Theological Review 83 (1990). Reprinted in the serial Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, vol. 164, on “Buddhism in the Nineteenth Century Western World,” edited by Jessica Bomarito and Russell Whitaker (2006).
- “American Occultism and Japanese Buddhism: Albert J. Edmunds, D.T. Suzuki, and Translocative History.” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies [Japan] 32 (2005).
- “Marking Religion’s Boundaries: Constitutive Terms, Orienting Tropes, and Exegetical Fussiness.” History of Religions 44 (2005).
- “Diasporic Nationalism and Urban Landscape: Cuban Immigrants at a Catholic Shrine in Miami.” In The Gods of the City: Religion and the Contemporary American Urban Landscape, edited by Robert A. Orsi. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999. Reprinted in Religion and American Culture: A Reader, 2nd ed., edited by David G. Hackett. New York and London: Routledge, 2003.
- "Who is a Buddhist?" In Westward Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Asia, edited by Charles Prebish and Martin Baumann. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.
- "Between the Living and the Dead: Fieldwork, History, and the Interpreter's Position." In Personal Knowledge and Beyond: Reshaping the Ethnography of Religion, edited by James V. Spickard, J. Shawn Landres, and Meredith B. McGuire. New York: New York University Press, 2002.
- “On Moving Across: Translocative Religion and the Interpreter’s Position.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 70 (2002).
- Contribution to a Forum on “Teaching the Introductory Course on American Religion.” Religion and American Culture 12 (2002).
- "John Wesley Slept Here: American Shrines and American Methodists." Numen 47 (2000).
- "Proclaiming Catholic Inclusiveness: Ethnic Diversity and Ecclesiastical Unity at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception." U.S. Catholic Historian 18 (2000).
- "'America's Church': Roman Catholicism and Civic Space in the Nation's Capital." In The Visual Culture of American Religions, edited by Sally Promey and David Morgan. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.
- "Nightstand Buddhists and Other Creatures: Sympathizers, Adherents, and the Study of Religion." In American Buddhism: Methods and Findings in Recent Scholarship, edited by Duncan Ryuken Williams and Christopher S. Queen. Surrey, U.K.: Curzon Press, 1999.
- "An Emerging Protestant Establishment: Religious Affiliation and Public Power on the Urban Frontier in Miami, 1896-1904." Church History 64 (1996). Reprinted in American Church History: A Reader, edited by Henry Warner Bowden and P. C. Kemeny. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1998.
- "Asian Religions in America: Reflections on an Emerging Subfield." In Religious Diversity and American Religious History: Studies in Traditions and Cultures, edited by Walter H. Conser, Jr. and Sumner B. Twiss. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1997.
- “Identity and Authority at a Cuban Shrine in Miami: Santería, Catholicism, and Struggles for Religious Identity." Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology 4 (1996).
- “Inclusivism and the Spiritual Journey of Marie de Souza Canavarro.” Religion 24 (1994).
- “An American Pioneer in the Study of Religion: Hannah Adams (1755-1831) and Her Dictionary of All Religions." Journal of the American Academy of Religion 60 (1992).