Paul Gutjahr is Ruth N. Halls Professor of English at Indiana University. He also holds adjunct appointments in the departments of American Studies and Religious Studies. He has served as chair of the English Department and Associate Dean for Arts & Humanities and Undergraduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. Along with numerous articles and book chapters, he is the author of An American Bible: A History of the Good Book in the United States, 1777-1880 (1999), Charles Hodge: Guardian of American Orthodoxy (2011), and The Book of Mormon: A Biography (2012). He has also co-edited Illuminating Letters: Essays on Typography and Literary Interpretation (2001) and edited two major anthologies: one on American Popular Literature of the Nineteenth-Century and the other on American Bestsellers in the Nineteenth Century. He has also served as the sole editor for the Oxford Handbook of the Bible in America (2017). One of his next projects is what he is calling his UFO theology project: the study of American Religious Traditions and their beliefs concerning life on other planets.
In 2020, Gutjahr was awarded Indiana University's Bicentennial Medalin recognition of his distinguished contributions and support.