Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Washington University, 1974
A.M., Washington University, 1972
A.B., Wheaton College, 1968, summa cum laude


President, Wake Forest University, 2005-

Provost, University of Notre Dame, 1996-2005

The Andrew V. Tackes Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, 1999

Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research and Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, 1989-1996

Acting Dean, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame, 1988-89

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Letters and Director, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame, 1983-1989

Assistant to Full Professor, Department of History, University of Notre Dame, 1975-1988

Director of Graduate Studies, History, University of Notre Dame, 1980-1983

Charles Warren Fellow, Harvard University, 1977-1978

Postdoctoral Fellow, The Johns Hopkins University, 1974-1975

Executive Council, American Society of Church History, 1981-1984



The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Volume 22: Sermons and Discourses, 1739-1742, co-edited with Harry S. Stout, Yale University Press, 2003

Methodism and the Shaping of American Culture, editor, Kingswood Books/Abingdon Press, 2001

The Democratization of American Christianity, Yale University Press, 1989. Paperback edition, 1991.

The Professions in American History, editor, University of Notre Dame Press, 1988.

Jonathan Edwards and the American Experience, co-editor with Harry S. Stout, Oxford University Press, 1988.

The Search for Christian America, co-authored with George M. Marsden and Mark A. Noll, Crossway Books, 1983.

The Bible in America: Essays in Cultural History, co-editor with Mark A. Noll, Oxford University Press, 1982.

The Sacred Cause of Liberty: Republican Thought and the Millennium in Revolutionary New England, Yale University Press, 1977.

Selected Articles

“The Second Great Awakening and the Market Revolution,” in David Konig, ed., Devising Liberty: The Conditions of Freedom in the New American Republic, Stanford University Press, 1995.

“Mormon and Methodist: Popular Religion in the Crucible of the Free Market,” Journal of Mormon History, Spring 1994

“The Puzzle of American Methodism,” Church History, June, 1994.

“Evangelicalism as a Democratic Movement,” in George M. Marsden, Evangelicalism in Modern America, Eerdmans, 1984

“Millennialism and Popular Religion in the Early Republic,” in Leonard Sweet, ed., The American Evangelical Tradition, Mercer University Press, 1983.

“Elias Smith and the Rise of Religious Journalism in the Early Republic,” in John B. Hench, ed., Printing and Society in Early America, American Antiquarian Society, 1983.

“Sola Scriptura and Novus Order Seclorum,” in Nathan O. Hatch and Mark A. Noll, eds., The Bible in American Culture, Oxford, 1982.

“New Lights and the Revolution in Rural New England,” Reviews in American History, September, 1980.

“The Christian Movement and the Demand for a Theology of the People,” Journal of American History, December, 1980.

“The Origins of Civil Millennialism in America: New England Clergymen, War with France, and the Revolution,” William and Mary Quarterly, July, 1974, pp. 407-430. Reprinted in Stanley N. Katz and John M. Murrin, eds., Colonial America: Essays in Politics and Social Development, Knopf, 1983, pp. 497-517.


Writing Fellowship at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, May-June, 2005

National Endowment for the Humanities Research grant to edit volume of sermons for the Yale University Press Edition of the Works of Jonathan Edwards, 1981-1983, renewed, 1983-85

Indiana Committee for the Humanities, Grant ($30,000) for a Series of 11 Lectures for 1981-82, “The Professions in American History”

Lilly Endowment Grant ($14,000), Fall, 1979 for Conference “The Bible in American Culture”

Research Fellowship, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University, 1977-78

Fred Harris Daniels Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, Summer, 1977

American Council of Learned Societies, Summer Fellowship, 1976

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of History, The Johns Hopkins University, 1974-75


Inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014

Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, 1996

Elected President of the American Society of Church History for the year 1993.

Co-winner of the 1990 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize for best book in American Studies for The Democratization of American Christianity, Yale University Press, 1989

Society for Historians of the Early American Republic 1989 Book Prize for The Democratization of American Christianity

Awarded the 1988 Albert C. Outler Prize in Ecumenical Church History by the American Society of Church History for The Democratization of American Christianity

Named to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, 1990

Elected to three-year term on Executive Council, American Society of Church History, Fall, 1980

Named to edit a volume of Jonathan Edwards’ Manuscript Sermons by The Yale Edition of his Works, 1978

Dissertation cited for distinction by American Society of Church History, 1975 (2nd place in Brewer Prize Competition)

The Paul Fenlon Teaching Award for Arts and Letters, presented by Sorin Hall, University of Notre Dame, 1981


Chair, Division I Board of Directors, National Collegiate Athletics Association, 2012-2015

Division I Board of Directors, National Collegiate Athletics Association, 2010-2015

Chair, Committee on Athletics Certification, National Collegiate Athletics Association, 2007-2010

Chair, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Board of Directors, 2012-2013

Campaign Chair, United Way of Forsyth County Inc., 2010-2011

United Way of Forsyth County, Inc. Board of Directors, 2009-

National Council on the Humanities Member, June 2000-

St. Joseph Medical Center, South Bend, Indiana Elected to Board of Trustees, 1993 Chair of the Board, 1998-2000

National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, 1996-1999

Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California Board of Trustees, 1998-

United Way of St. Joseph County, Indiana

Chair, Community Planning Division, 1990-92

Chair, Evaluation and Allocation Division, 1987-89. Leadership of a committee of 49 volunteers who evaluate the United Way agencies and dispense $3 million annually.

Board of Directors, United Way of St. Joseph County,