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Peter Gardella, Ph.D.


GardellaPeter 200x267 jpgPeter 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.