Hutchins studies early American literature and culture, specifically the religious discourse of inhabitants of colonial North America.
Hutchins’ first book, “Inventing Eden: Primitivism, Millennialism, and the Making of New England,” focuses on the thought – religious and otherwise – of Pilgrims, Puritans, Quakers, and other Europeans in the New World. He is the editor of “Community without Consent: New Perspectives on the Stamp Act,” and founded TEAMS, a digital repository of early American manuscript sermons.
Hutchins is a member of several professional associations, including the Modern Language Association, the Society of Early Americanists, and the Melville Society. He also serves as a lay minister for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In 2012, Hutchins was awarded the University of Pennsylvania’s McNeil Center for Early American Studies John M. Murrin Prize.
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.