Wesley Viner

Graduate Student

Wesley Viner specializes in the history of early modern Christianity and science. His dissertation, “Reading, Revelation, and Nature: Biblical Interpretation and Natural Philosophy in Early Modern England,” examines the rise of Mosaic natural philosophy and its effects upon biblical interpretation in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. He is currently the Associate Curator of Early Modern Books and Bibles at the Museum of the Bible, where he curates both the early modern collection and the history of science collection within the museum. His previous research has examined the impact of humanist rhetoric upon Renaissance natural philosophy and the lingering traces of Aristotelian metaphysics within early Presbyterian debates about evolution. He has a secondary interest in the history of technology and warfare.

Wesley 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 he was a Rotary Scholar. He served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and subsequently co-founded a fit-tech startup. Wesley then transitioned to 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 his 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