Julia Duin

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Julia Duin is an American journalist and author with an interest in religious topics. She has written five books and was the religion editor for The Washington Times for 14 years.[1] In 2015, she received a Wilbur Award for an article in the magazine More about Nadia Bolz-Weber.[2] She has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize three times.[3][4]


Duin was born in Baltimore and moved to Hawaii with her family at the age of six weeks.[5] She attended high school in Seattle,[6] where she began writing magazine articles.[5]

Duin graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 1978, where she received her bachelor's degree in English. In 1992, she received her first master's degree, in religion, from Trinity School for Ministry, and in 2014 she received a second master's degree, in journalism, from the University of Memphis.[7] For the 2014/15 academic year, she relocated to Alaska and occupied the Snedden Chair in the journalism department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.[8]

Duin's story on snake handlers led to three Pulitzer Prize nominations.[3][4] Her book, Days of Fire and Glory, tells the story of Graham Pulkingham and the Church of the Redeemer in Houston, Texas.[1][9] Currently,[when?] she is working on The Kurdish Princess, a book about Kurdish people targeted at young adults.[10]

Duin is fluent in French, has conversational speaking ability in Spanish and German, and "speaks portions of Kurdish, Arabic, Russian and Italian."[5] She has a daughter, who was born in Kazakhstan and adopted.[5] She currently lives in Seattle.[6]


  • In the House of the Serpent Handler (2017); University of Tennessee Press;ISBN 9781621903758
  • Days of Fire and Glory (2009); Crossland Press; ISBN 9780979027970
  • Quitting Church: Why the Faithful Are Fleeing and What to Do about It (2009); Baker Books; ISBN 9780801072277
  • Knights, Maidens and Dragons: Six medieval tales of virtue and valor (2004); Xlibris (self-published): ISBN 9781413433715
  • Purity Makes the Heart Grow Stronger: Sexuality and the Single Christian (1988); Servant Publications; ISBN 9780892833733
  • Wholly Single (1988); Shaw (Harold) Publishers; ISBN 9780877889458

Selected articles[edit]


  1. ^ a b "charismatic movement | Jesus freaks | houston church of redeemer | Crossland Foundation :: Days of Fire and Glory, by Julia Duin". Crossland Foundation. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b "CBS leads list of 2015 Wilbur Award winners | Religion Communicators Council". Religioncommunicators.org. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b Shanna Perkins, University of Louisiana at Lafayette (6 June 2013). "How Julia Duin wowed readers about snake-handlers | Southeast Journalism Conference". Sejc.org. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Duin, Julia". Gaithersburg Book Festival. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d "biography". Julia Duin. 4 September 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Julia Duin". GetReligion. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  7. ^ "biography". Julia Duin. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  8. ^ http://www.uaf.edu/journal/snedden/snedden-chairs/
  9. ^ Nancy Haught, The Oregonian. "Writer Julia Duin traces rise and fall of Graham Pulkingham and Houston's Episcopal Church of the Redeemer". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Duin Joins COM Faculty". Communication Arts. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2016.

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