Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

  • Gordon B. Hinckley Presidential Endowed Chair in British Studies, English



  • B.A., English and American Literature, Brown University
  • Ph.D., English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Honors & Awards

  • Co-Director, Dissertation Proposal Development Workshop (Field: “Autochthony and Modernity”), 2014. Social Science Research Council, 02/15/2014
  • Co-Director, Dissertation Proposal Development Workshop (Field: “After Secularization: New Approaches to Religion and Modernity”), 2010 . Social Science Research Council, 02/15/2010
  • Senior Fellowship, 2001-2002 . National Endowment for the Humanities, 01/2001
  • Fellowship. University of California Humanities Research Institute, 01/1989


Vincent P. Pecora is the Gordon B. Hinckley Presidential Endowed Chair in British Studies at the University of Utah. He has taught at the University of Arkansas (1984-85), the University of California, Los Angeles (1985-2005), and has directed summer seminars for the School of Criticism and Theory (2002) and the Social Science Research Council (in 2010 and 2014). He is the author of Self and Form in Modern Narrative (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989), Households of the Soul (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997), Secularization and Cultural Criticism: Religion, Nation, and Modernity (University of Chicago Press, 2006), Secularization without End: Beckett, Mann, and Coetzee (University of Notre Dame Press, 2015), and he is the editor of Nations and Identities: Classic Readings (Blackwell Publishers, 2001). His current book manuscript is titled Vital Geographies: Land, Aesthetics, and Political Theology. His work has been translated into Italian, French, Spanish, Korean, and Chinese.

In the Media

  • KUER-RadioWest, with Doug Fabrizio. “Secularism and Its Discontents.” Salt Lake City. 04/2006.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Western Europe