William Schultz

William Schultz

Fellow in the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History
William Schultz
William Schultz is an Assistant Professor of Religions in the Americas at the University of Chicago Divinity School (starting in summer 2021). He is a historian of American religion with an interest in the intersection of religion, politics, and capitalism. Schultz is currently finishing his first book, Jesus Springs: How Colorado Springs Became the Capital of the Culture Wars (under contract with the University of North Carolina Press), which explains how the confluence of evangelical Christianity and free-market capitalism transformed the city of Colorado Springs into the epicenter of a Christian movement that sought to reshape American politics in the late twentieth century. His new project, The Wages of Sin: Faith, Fraud, and Religious Freedom in Modern America, uses cases of financial fraud between the 1920s and 1990s—ranging from spiritualist prospectors to Jesuits priests—to explore how Americans have struggled with thorny questions of religious authority and authenticity.
 
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Chicago, Schultz was a lecturer in the Department of History at Princeton University, where he taught courses on modern United States history. He received his PhD in History from Princeton and served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy.

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