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Gustav Niebuhr

Director, Carnegie Religion & Media Program

Associate Professor

  • Magazine, News and Digital Journalism

Contact Information

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481-A Newhouse 2


  • M.A. Oxford University
  • B.A. Pomona College


  • Communications and Religion
  • Religion Journalism
  • Media and Religion

During a 20-year career in journalism, most recently at The New York Times and, prior to that, at the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Gustav Niebuhr has established a reputation as a leading writer about American religion. His work has been published in books, magazines and online, and he provides occasional commentary on religion for NPR's "All Things Considered."

Niebuhr is the author of "Beyond Tolerance: Searching for Interfaith Understanding in America" (Viking, 2009).

He has been honored with an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Elmhurst College (1997); a Distinguished Writer Award from the Presbyterian Writers' Guild (2000); a Religious Liberty Award from the Associated Baptist Press (1997); the Templeton Religion Writer of the Year Award from the Religion Newswriters Association (1993); and the Supple Memorial Award from the Religion Newswriters Association (1993, 1991 and 1988).

He was previously a visiting fellow and scholar in residence at Princeton University. He holds a joint appointment with the religion department in the College of Arts and Sciences.