David N. Hempton
David N. Hempton is the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies, John Lord O’Brian Professor of Divinity, and Dean of Harvard Divinity School. He has taught at Harvard since 2007, having moved there from Boston University, where he was University Professor and Professor of the History of Christianity. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and former Professor of Modern History and Director of the School of History in the Queen’s University of Belfast. A former chairman of the Wiles Trust founded in 1951 by Sir Herbert Butterfield to promote innovative thinking on the history of civilization, broadly conceived, he has held fellowships from the Wolfson and Nuffield Foundations in the United Kingdom and the National Endowment of the Humanities. He has lectured extensively in Europe and the United states and delivered many endowed lectures, including the Cadbury Lectures at the University of Birmingham, the F. D. Maurice Lectures at King’s College London, and the Tate-Willson Lectures at Southern Methodist University.Dean Hempton has research and teaching interests in religion and political culture, religious identities and ethnic conflicts, the interdisciplinary study of lived religion, the history and theology of Evangelical Protestantism and Pentecostalism, the global history of Christianity since 1500, and religious disenchantment and secularization. He has won teaching awards at both Boston University and Harvard. His publications include Methodism and Politics in British Society 1750-1850 (1984), winner of the Whitfield prize of the Royal Historical Society; (with M. Hill) Evangelical Protestantism in Ulster Society 1740-1890 (1992); Religion and Political Culture in Britain and Ireland: From the Glorious Revolution to the Decline of Empire (1996); The Religion of the People: Methodism and Popular Religion c. 1750-1900 (1996); ‘Faith and Enlightenment’ in The Short Oxford History of the British Isles (2002); Methodism: Empire of the Spirit (2005); Evangelical Disenchantment: Nine Portraits of Faith and Doubt (2008), and The Church in the Long Eighteenth Century (2011), winner of the Albert C. Outler Prize of the American Society of Church History. In 2013 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Queen’s University Belfast for services to history and divinity. He is currently engaged on a comparative study of secularization in Europe and North America from the eighteenth century to the present.