Jack Fitzmier serves as the Executive Director of the American Academy of Religion. His duties include coordination of the work of the AAR Executive Staff at the Luce Center in Atlanta, strategic planning, fundraising, programming, and public affairs.
Prior to his work at the AAR, he served as Professor of American Religious History, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dean at the Claremont School of Theology (1999–2005) and Associate Dean at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School (1989–1998). He attended the University of Pittsburgh (BS, 1973), Gordon Conwell Seminary (MDiv, summa cum laude, 1981) and Princeton University (MA, 1983; PhD, 1986). His scholarly interests are in the history of American religious thought from the Puritans through the mid-nineteenth century. He is the author of The Presbyterians (Greenwood, 1993, 1994, and 2004), with Professor Randall Balmer, and New England’s Moral Legislator: Timothy Dwight, 1752–1817 (Indiana University Press, 1999). Jack is an avid amateur astronomer, and when he is not attending to his AAR duties you can find him working on observing programs and astrophotography at his favorite dark sky site.
Jack and his wife, Martha, have two grown children—Dan, who is the Director of Forensics at Northwestern University’s School of Communication, and Kate, who is a sales representative for Eagle Optics Corporation in Madison, Wisconsin.