T. J. Tomlin earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri. His research explores the interplay between religion and American culture, primarily in the eighteenth century. His work has been published in Early American Studies and The Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment. Tomlin has received fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Virginia Historical Society.
He is currently revising a book about the religious content of almanacs, early America’s most widespread form of popular print. Printed and sold annually, almanacs were calendars and astrologically-based medical handbooks filled with poetry, essays, and descriptions of the workings of the natural world. Because they were unaffiliated with any one denomination and sold in mind-boggling numbers, almanacs offer a unique vantage point from which to view America’s religious past.
At UNC, Professor Tomlin offers courses, including Early America to 1763, Revolutionary America, Religion in American history, and a capstone seminar in the history of print.