Mark Oppenheimer

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Lecturer in English

Ph.D., Religious Studies, Yale University, 2003
B.A., History, Magna Cum Laude, Yale College, 1996


The contemporary American essay; American religious history; memoir; popular literary criticism; journalism

I am the coordinator of the Yale Journalism Initiative, but I have had a varied career, having been a newspaper beat reporter for the Hartford Courant, a magazine writer for The New York Times Magazine, an essayist for The American Scholar, Southwest Review, and Yale Review, and an historian of religion. I am the author of Wisenheimer, a memoir about my years as a high school debater, and for six years I wrote the Beliefs column, about religion, for The New York Times.

Selected Publications

Can be found online at


ENGL 120 Reading and Writing the Modern Essay, ENGL 450 Daily Themes, ENGL 473 The Journalism of Ideas