Stephen Prothero

 Stephen Prothero
Address1 Silber Way
Boston, MA 2215

Professor of Religion, Boston University School of Theology

B.A., Yale College,
M.A., Harvard University,
Ph.D., Harvard University,

Stephen Prothero is a Professor of Religion at Boston University specializing in religion and culture. He received his BA from Yale College in American Studies and his MA and PhD from Harvard University in the Study of Religion.

A historian of American religions, Professor Prothero has written five books. His newest is the New York Times bestseller Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know-and Doesn’t (HarperOne, 2007), which won a 2007 Quill Book Award. His first, The White Buddhist: The Asian Odyssey of Henry Steel Olcott (Indian University Press, 1996) won the “Best First Book” award of the American Academy of Religion in 1997. American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003) was named one of the top religion books for 2003 by Publishers Weekly.

In addition to his scholarly work, which includes peer-reviewed articles in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Prothero has written for a variety of popular magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Slate, Salon, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Boston Globe. He has commented on religion on such television programs as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The O’Reilly Factor, and The Today Show. He is also a panelist for the Washington Post/Newsweek online conversation “On Faith.” Visit his personal web site at

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