John Turner teaches and writes about the the place of religion in American history. He came to George Mason University in 2012, having earned a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Previously, he taught at the University of South Alabama.
His teaching and scholarship center on the history of religion in the United States, especially Mormonism, evangelicalism, and seventeenth-century puritanism. He loves spending time in archives, resurrecting the lives of women and men who made cultures that are very different from our own, and he loves spending time in the classroom, exploring those lives and cultures with students from all sorts of backgrounds.