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Religious studies educator

Jon Butler, Religious studies educator. Fellow National Endowment for Humanities, 1977-1978, Guggenheim Foundation, 1987-1988; grantee The Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, since 1991. President Hamden Basketball Boosters Association, Hamden, Connecticut, 1994-1994. Member American History Association, Organisation American Historians, American Society Church History, American Studies Association (chair, Franklin prize jury since 1980). M C.

Background

Butler, Jon was born on June 4, 1940 in Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States. Son of Harold J. and Genevieve Virginia (Sorenson) Butler.

Education

Bachelor, University of Minnesota, 1964;Doctor of Philosophy, University of Minnesota, 1972.

Career

He earned his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota, and is known for his research on the role of religion in early American history. At Yale, he served as chair of the American Studies Program from 1988 to 1993, the director of the Division of the Humanities from 1997 to 1999, and chair of the Department of History from 1999 to 2004. He was also a Guggenheim Fellow and earned an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Minnesota.

Butler is president of the Organization of American Historians, 2015–16. He is currently an adjunct research professor at the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, in the Department of History.

Achievements

  • He was dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from 2004 to 2010, and also served as interim University Librarian. Butler has earned numerous awards, including the Beveridge Award of the American Historical Association, the Outler Prize of the American Society of Church History, the Theodore Saloutos Prize of the Immigration History Society, and the Gilbert Chinard Prize of the Society for French Historical Studies.

Works

Membership

President Hamden Basketball Boosters Association, Hamden, Connecticut, 1994-1994. Member American History Association, Organisation American Historians, American Society Church History, American Studies Association (chair, Franklin prize jury since 1980). M C.

Connections

Married Roxanne Deuser, July 18, 1970. Children: Benjamin J., Peter F.

father:
Harold J. Butler

mother:
Genevieve Virginia (Sorenson) Butler

spouse:
Roxanne Deuser

child:
Benjamin J. Butler

child:
Peter F. Butler