Curriculum Vitae


Department of Religion
Whitman College
Walla Walla, WA 99362
FAX 509-527-5039
EDUCATION Ph.D. Religion, Princeton University, 1987
  • Concentration: History of Christianity
  • Dissertation: "The Clerical Virtuosi of the Royal Society: 1663-1687"
  • Thesis Adviser: Horton M. Davies
  • Readers: John F. Wilson, Jeffrey Stout, and Wendell S. Dietrich

M.A. Religion, Princeton University, 1976

  • General Examinations: English and American Puritanism, 1620-1750; Early Christianity, 130-461; Restoration and Hanoverian England, 1660-1780 (History); "Methodism and Revolution: Elie Halevy and his Critics"

B.A. History and Religion, Bowdoin College, magna cum laude, 1973

  • University of Durham, England, 1971-72: read early Church history under Gerald Bonner, English religious thought under Eamon Duffy, and Indian civilization
PUBLICATIONS Science, Religion and Belief: The Clerical Virtuosi of the Royal Society, 1663-1687. American University Studies, Series VII, Theology and Religion, Vol. 106. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., December 1992
ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS AND COURSES TAUGHT Assistant Professor of Religion (nontenured track), Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, 1990-Present
  • Introduction to Religion
  • Religion in America From Columbus to the Civil War
  • Religion in America From the Civil War to the Present
  • American Religious Thought
  • World Religions
  • Modern Theological Thought I: From the Reformation to the Nineteenth Century
  • General Studies: Great Works (Freshmen Core)
  • General Studies: Antiquity and Modernity (Freshmen Core)
  • General Studies: Senior Colloquium
Visiting Assistant Professor of Humanities and Religion, Reed College, Portland OR, 1988-1990
  • Humanities: Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages (Freshmen Core)
  • Special Topics in Philosophical Theology: Faith and the Ethics of Belief (team-taught)
  • Departmental Seminar: Myth (team-taught)
  • Religion and Science in Early Modern Europe
Lecturer in Religion, Hood College, Frederick, MD, 1982-83
  • The New Testament
  • History of Christian Thought: Early Church Fathers to Calvin
Lecturer in Religion, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, Spring 1982
  • History of Christian Thought: From the Reformation to the Present
Teaching Assistant in Religion, Princeton University, Princton, NJ, Spring 1975
  • Approaches to the Study of Religion (Benjamin Ray)
TEACHING INTERESTS Religion in America and the Pacific Northwest
Western Religious Thought (Early Church, Reformation, English, and American)
New Testament and Patristics
World Religions
Science and Religion
Humanities and Interdisciplinary Cores
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY "Believing In or Believing That?: How English Latitudinarians Defined the Nature of Faith," a public lecture delivered at Reed College, 15 February 1996

"The Concept of Faith in an Age of Reason," a faculty forum presentation at Whitman College, 1 November 1995

Folger Seminar on Jewish-Christian Relations in the Seventeenth Century, Directed by Richard H. Popkin, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, Spring 1988

Folger Seminar on Space, Time, and Materialism in Eighteenth-Century Thought, Directed by John W. Yolton, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, Fall, 1981

Editor, Literary Text Project, Inc., Washington, DC, 1981-87

Chair, Local Arrangements, Annual Meeting of the North American Conference on British Studies, Washington, DC, October 28-29, 1983

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS American Academy of Religion
American Historical Association
North American Conference on British Studies
American Society of Church History