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. My latest book is Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood.

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