Ernest Trice Thompson Professor of Church History
Princeton University, Ph.D.
Yale University Divinty School, M.Div.
Whitworth College, B.A.
Valeri's areas of specialization include religion and social thought, especially economics, in America; Reformation theology and the social history of Calvinism; Puritanism; and eighteenth-century American religion.
He has received the Makemie Prize from the Presbyterian Historical Society and several fellowships, including an Andrew W. Mellon fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, an American Council of Learned Societies grant, and a Lilly Endowment faculty fellowship. He has written books and essay on religion and market culture in America, the history of American Christian practice, and Jonathan Edwards. His latest book, Heavenly Merchandize: How Religion Shaped Commerce in Puritan America, was published in 2010 and received the 2011 Philip Schaff Prize from the American Society of Church History. He currently is working on religious persuasion, evangelicalism, and secularism in the eighteenth century.
Representative courses taught: American Religious History to the Civil War The History of Reformed Thought in America Protestant Evangelicalism in American History The Social History of Early Calvinism Secularism and Religious Thought in the Modern West Jonathan Edwards
Heavenly Merchandize: How Religion Shaped Commerce in Puritan America. Princeton:
Princeton University Press, 2010. (Philip Schaff Prize, American Society of Church History, \ 2011).
Global Neighbors: Christian Faith and Moral Obligation in Today’s Economy. Edited with
Douglas A. Hicks. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2008.
Practicing Protestants: Histories of Christian Life in America, 1630-1965. Edited with
Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp and Leigh E. Schmidt. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University
The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 17: Sermons and Discourses, 1730-1733. Edited
volume. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999.
Law and Providence in Joseph Bellamy's New England: The Origins of the New
Divinity in Revolutionary America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. (Mackemie
Prize, Presbyterian Historical Society, 1995).