Paul Gutjahr

Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities and Undergraduate Education

Ruth Halls Professor, English

Office of the Executive Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Department of English

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    Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7101


  • Ph.D., American Studies, University of Iowa, 1996
  • M.A., American Studies, University of Iowa, 1992
  • M.A., English, Stanford University, 1985
  • B.A., English and History, honors, Stanford University, 1984


My own academic interests tend to be eclectic. My training is in American Studies, so I favor approaches which are highly interdisciplinary in nature. My specialized field of research is the history of publishing and literacy in the United States. More commonly, I work in the area which has come to be called history of the book studies, and I work primarily in the North American context. I am interested in how different forms of writing influence a vast array of cultural practices from religious preaching to proper etiquette at meals. I have written extensively on the production of the English Bible in America. I have also edited a collection of essays on typography and textual interpretation and an anthology on nineteenth century American popular literature.