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Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Bradley University

Dr. Robert Fuller has received national and international acclaim for his unique contributions in the areas of American cultural history and the interaction of religion and the social sciences. Author of twelve books, including five by Oxford University Press, and numerous articles published in professional journals, he is among the top authorities in his field with a number of his books being used in university classrooms across the country.

“Fuller’s strength is in his breadth of interests and his ability to pull together materials from a variety of areas such as religion, social history, and psychology in a lucid and graceful way as to demonstrate cultural linkages heretofore not suspected,” summarizes one reviewer.

Another reviewer writes, “He clearly is a scholar who maintains a high profile and an amazingly productive publication schedule. His works are highly regarded and widely cited. He has helped create the field of alternative spiritualities in American religious history.”

As an authority on American religious thought, he regularly serves as a resource to the news media and has appeared on the History Channel’s two-part series on the “Antichrist,” Canadian Cable television’s “What I Believe” and on Bill Maher’s “Politically Incorrect.” He is a sought-after speaker at professional conferences.

For his many professional contributions to his field, he was awarded the Samuel Rothberg Professional Excellence Award in 1988 and received a Caterpillar Professorship for Religious Studies in 2000. He also received the Charles M. Putnam Award for Teaching Excellence in 1995.

Dr. Fuller received his bachelor’s degree at Denison University and his master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago prior to beginning his teaching career at Bradley in 1978. He also serves as director of Bradley’s Honors Program.


  • –present
    Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Bradley University


  • 2013
    The Body of Faith: A Biological History of Religion in America, University of Chicago Press
  • 1996
    Religion and Wine: A Cultural History of Wine Drinking in the United States, University of Tennessee Press