Zach Hutchins is an assistant professor in the Department of English. His focus is on early American literature and religion. His first book, Inventing Eden: Primitivism, Millennialism, and the Making of New England, focuses on the religious thought of Pilgrims, Puritans, Quakers, and other inhabitants of colonial North America. In 2012, Hutchins was awarded the University of Pennsylvania’s McNeil Center for Early American Studies John M. Murrin Prize for his essay “Rattlesnakes in the Garden: The Fascinating Serpents of the Early, Edenic Republic.”
Hutchins received his B.A. in English from Brigham Young University in 2005. He then studied English at the University of North Carolina, earning his M.A. in 2008 and his Ph.D. in 2010. Hutchins is a member of several professional associations, including the Modern Language Association (MLA), the Society of Early Americanists (SEA), and the Melville Society.