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Peter Gottschalk

Professor of Religion, Wesleyan University

I have been recognized as a leader in two fields: (1) Hindu-Muslim relations in India and (2) Islamophobia in the United States.

My publications involve three monographs (two with Oxford University Press), one co-authored book, and a co-edited volume. The second edition of Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Sentiment: Picturing the Enemy has been published recently.

Meanwhile, I have also been published or been mentioned in a variety of public news outlets such as Newsweek, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times.

Overall,my work focuses on conflict between Islamic, Hindu, Christian, and scientific traditions, and how antagonism shapes cultural and political debate – fueling Islamophobia and other discrimination.


  • –present
    Professor of Religion, Wesleyan University


  • 1997 
    University of Chicago, Ph.D./History of Religions


Grants from Mellon, Fulbright-Hays, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.