Peter Gardella, Ph.D.Professor
Peter Gardella is a member of the Department of World Religions and has been affiliated with the College since 1983. Dr. Gardella received his B.A. from Harvard College magna cum laude in 1973, his M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School in 1975 and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1983. He has published three books: Innocent Ecstasy: How Christianity Gave America an Ethic of Sexual Pleasure (Oxford University Press, 1985); Domestic Religion: Work, Food, Sex, and Other Commitments (Pilgrim Press, 1998); and American Angels: Useful Spirits in the Material World (University Press of Kansas, 2007). He is working under contract with Oxford University Press for a fourth book, entitled American Civil Religion: Monuments, Texts, and Images. At Manhattanville, he has served as the Chair of the Faculty (2004-2007), as an adviser of first year students for twenty years in the Preceptorial program, and as the longtime chair of the Faculty Compensation Committee.
Manhattanville College is located in Purchase, New York on a beautiful 100-acre suburban campus, 10 minutes from downtown White Plains and just 30 miles from New York City. It has an amazingly diverse mix of students from more than 30 states and 50 countries. The College has 1,700 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students.
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