William Schultz explores the intersection of religion, politics, and capitalism in modern America. His first book project, “Jesus in the Rockies: How Colorado Springs Became the Capital of American Evangelicalism” (under contract with The University of North Carolina Press), explains how the confluence of evangelicalism and free-market capitalism transformed the city of Colorado Springs into the epicenter of conservative Christianity. His next project uses cases of financial fraud between the 1920s and 1990s—ranging from spiritualist prospectors to Jesuit priests—to examine how Americans have struggled with questions of religious authority and authenticity.
His research has been supported by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, the American Historical Association, and the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals. His work appears in the Oregon Historical Quarterly and in the forthcoming volume The Changing Terrain of Religious Freedom (University of Pennsylvania Press).
Schultz received his BA in history from the University of North Carolina, and his MA and PhD in history from Princeton University. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and a faculty fellow at Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History.