Brendan Pietsch

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Brendan Pietsch is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Nazarbayev University, in Astana, Kazakhstan, on leave in 2015-2016. He received a Ph.D. in 2011 from Duke University in American religious history. His first book, Dispensational Modernism (Oxford, 2015), examines the taxonomic impulses of early American Protestant fundamentalism, and the use of scientific rhetoric and engineering values in producing confident religious knowledge. While at Princeton he will be researching the early-twentieth-century development of sciences of the family—related to housing, hygiene, eugenics, immigration, and gender—and their role in naturalizing a modern American religious understating of the moral nuclear family as an ecumenical and transnational concern with traditional family values.