Department of History

Adam Jortner

Adam Jortner Goodwin-Philpott Professor of Religion
306A Thach Hall
(334) 844-7736

Office Hours

  • By appointment


Adam Jortner is the Goodwin-Philpott Professor of Religion in the Department of History. He is a historian of religious liberty, religion and the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, and the intellectual history of miracles and the supernatural.

Dr. Jortner's Audible course, FAITH OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS, appeared in 2019 and explains the personal religious journeys of men like Washington, Jefferson, and Paine in the context of the broader religious upheaval of the Age of Revolutions and the "forgotten" religious founders such as Richard Allen, Judith Sargeant Murray, and Benjamin Rush.

He is a frequent contributor to NPR's Backstory and in April he topped Buzzfeed's list as the top professor teaching during the coronavirus.


Ph.D. University of Virginia

M.A. University of Virginia

Representative Publications


Rumors of God: Mobs, Religion, and the Mormon Expulsion from Jackson County, 1833-34 (Johns Hopkins, forthcoming).

Blood from the Sky: Miracles and Politics in the Early American Republic (Virginia, 2017).

The Gods of Prophetstown: The Battle of Tippecanoe and the Holy War for the American Frontier (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Classes Taught

American History to 1877

American Religious History


New Religions in the United States

The Early American Republic

Age of Washington

World History to 1500

Research Seminar

Last Updated: September 02, 2020