Wesley Viner


I am an intellectual historian of early modern Europe, with a particular interest in the relationship between religion and science. My dissertation, “Reading, Revelation, and Nature: Biblical Interpretation and Natural Philosophy in Early Modern England,” examines the rise of Mosaic natural philosophy and its consequences for the study of nature in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. My previous research has examined the impact of humanist rhetoric upon Renaissance natural philosophy, the relationship between theology and pedagogy in the life of Johannes Sturm, and the lingering traces of Aristotelian metaphysics within debates about Darwinism in nineteenth-century Presbyterianism. I have a secondary interest in the history of technology and warfare.
I received a B.S. in computer science from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.Sc. in computer science from the University of Oxford, where I was a Rotary Scholar. I served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and subsequently co-founded a fit-tech startup that developed business-facing mobile applications for the fitness industry. I left the tech world to pursue a career as a historian, first completing an M.A. in theology (with an emphasis on Reformation history) at Westminster Seminary California and subsequently beginning my studies at Princeton.

Year of Study
Fourth Year
Area of Interest
History of Technology
Intellectual History
Military History
Natural Philosophy
Home Department & Other Affiliations
15th & 16th Centuries
17th & 18th Centuries