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R. Gustav Niebuhr

R. Gustav Niebuhr

R. Gustav Niebuhr

Associate Professor Emeritus


481A NewHouse
Office: 315.443.5723


Religion and Media


  • Oxford University, M.A. 1980
  • Pomona College, B.A. 1977

Courses Taught

  • REL 241 Religious Diversity in America
  • REL 242 Religious Issues in American Life
  • REL 343 American Religions and the News Media
  • NEW 405 Advanced Reporting
Research and Teaching Interests

Over 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 on the internet; he also does occasional commentaries on religion for the National Public Radio program "All Things Considered." He has just finished working on a book about religious pluralism and interfaith relations in America. Professor Niebuhr holds a dual appointment with the Newspaper Journalism program in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

  • Associate Professor, Department of Religion, Syracuse University, 2004-present.
  • Visiting Fellow/Scholar in Residence, Princeton University, December 2001- December 2003.
  • National Correspondent, The New York Times, June 1994 to December 2001.
  • National Staff Writer, The Washington Post, October 1992 to May 1994.
  • Staff Writer, The Wall Street Journal, July 1989 to September 1992.
Book Chapters
  • Sources of Inspiration (Sheed & Ward, 1992).
  • The New York Times Guide to Unforgettable Weekends (Hungry Minds/Frommer, 2001).
Additional Articles

Published in The New York Times Magazine, The Carnegie Reporter, The Christian Century, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and Working Woman.

Honors and Awards
  • Honorary doctorate in humane letters, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Ill. 1997.
  • Distinguished Writer Award, Presbyterian Writers' Guild. 2000.
  • Religious Liberty Award, Associated Baptist Press. 1997.
  • Templeton Religion Writer of the Year Award, Religion Newswriters Association. 1993.
  • Supple Memorial Award, Religion Newswriters Association. 1993, 1991 and 1988.