Board of Advisors


Randall BalmerRandall Balmer is Professor of Religion in Barnard College at Columbia University. A noted observer of the contemporary American religious scene, he is a syndicated newspaper columnist and the author of several books, including Blessed Assurance: A History of Evangelicalism in America (Beacon, 1999), Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey Into the Evangelical Subculture in America (Oxford, 2006–4th edition), Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism (Westminster/John Knox, 2002), Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America: An Evangelical’s Lament (Basic Books, 2006), God in the White House: A History (HarperOne, 2009), and The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond (Baylor, 2010). Professor Balmer’s work has also been translated to television–his book Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory was made into a three-part video series which aired on PBS (1992), and he was the guiding light behind a one-hour PBS documentary on Billy Graham (1994).


Daniel BaysDaniel Bays, William Spoelhof Teacher-Scholar in History at Calvin College, is the former chairperson of the History Department at the University of Kansas. An expert in Chinese history and the history of missions to China, he is the author of A New History of Christianity in China (Blackwell, 2011). Along with Ellen Widmer he is the co-author of China’s Christian Colleges: Cross-Cultural Connections, 1900-1950 (Stanford, 2009). He is also the editor of Christianity in China: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present (Stanford, 1999) and, along with Grant Wacker The Foreign Missionary Enterprise at Home: Explorations in North American Cultural History (University of Alabama, 2003).


James BrattJames Bratt is Professor of History at Calvin College and Director of Calvin’s Center for Christian Scholarship. His areas of specialization include 19th-century American history and the history of Dutch Calvinism. He is the author of Dutch Calvinism in Modern America: A History of a Conservative Subculture (Eerdmans, 1998); with Christopher H. Meehan he co-authored Gathered at the River: Grand Rapids, Michigan and Its People of Faith (Eerdmans, 1993). He is also the editor of By the Vision of Another World: Worship in American History (Eerdmans, 2012), and Antirevivalism in Antebellum America: A Collection of Religious Voices (Rutgers, 2005); along with Ronald A. Wells he is the co-editor of The Best of the Reformed Journal (Eerdmans, 2011).


Joel A. CarpenterJoel A. Carpenter is the Director of the recently-created Nagel Center for the Study of World Christianity at Calvin College. Between 1996 and 2006 he was the Provost of Calvin; prior to that he was the head Religion Officer for the Pew Charitable Trusts (1989-1996), and from 1983 to 1989 he served as the first Director of the ISAE (1983-1989). He is author of Revive Us Again: The Reawakening of Modern Fundamentalism, 1930-1946 (Oxford, 1998). Dr. Carpenter was also the co-editor of Twentieth-Century Evangelicalism: A Guide to the Sources (Garland, 1990), served as the general editor for Garland Publishing’s 16 volume Fundamentalism reprint series (1988), and with Lamin Sanneh he is the co-editor of The Changing Face of Christianity: Africa, the West and the World (Oxford, 2005).


Darryl G. HartDarryl G. Hart is a visiting assistant professor of history at Hillsdale College in Michigan. Prior to this he was with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Wilmington, Delaware and with Westminster Theological Seminaries, East and West. He was a former director of the ISAE (1989-1993), and he is the author of numerous articles dealing with 20th-century Presbyterian history and the role of religion in American culture. His books include From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of American Conservatism (Eerdmans, 2011); Deconstructing Evangelicalism: Conservative Protestantism in the Age of Billy Graham (Baker, 2004), The University Gets Religion: Religious Studies and American Learning Since 1870 (Johns Hopkins, 2000), and Defending the Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in America (Johns Hopkins, 1994).


Michael HamiltonMichael Hamilton, Assistant Professor of History at Seattle Pacific University, was the former director of the Pew Evangelical Scholars Program based at the University of Notre Dame (1990-1999). Dr. Hamilton is the author of many articles related to contemporary American evangelicalism. He is currently working on a history of Calvin College and is revising his dissertation (a history of Wheaton College) for publication.


Nathan O. HatchNathan O. Hatch, became the President of Wake Forest University in 2005. For many years he was the head of the graduate school and Provost of the University of Notre Dame. A leading scholar of religion in the early American Republic, he is the author of numerous articles and the influential volume, The Democratization of American Christianity (Yale, 1991). Along with Mark Noll, Dr. Hatch is a co-founder of the ISAE.


Richard T. HughesRichard T. Hughes, Since July 2006 Richard Hughes has been the Senior Boyer Fellow at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. For nearly twenty years prior to that he was a member of the history faculty at Pepperdine University and also the Director of Pepperdine’s Center for Faith and Learning. Among his books are Christian America and the Kingdom of God (Illinois, 2009), The Vocation of a Christian Scholar: How Christian Life Can Sustain the Life of the Mind (Eerdmans, 2005), Reclaiming a Heritage: Reflections on the Heart, Soul, and Future of Churches of Christ (Abilene Christian University Press, 2002), and Reviving the Ancient Faith: The Story of Churches of Christ in America (Eerdmans, 1996).


George M. MarsdenGeorge M. Marsden, is the former Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame; his areas of expertise include the history of fundamentalism and American religious and intellectual history. Marsden recieved the Bancroft Prize awarded annually by Columbia University for his biography, Jonathan Edwards: A Life (Yale University Press, 2003). Among his other works are The Soul of the University: From Protestant Establishment to Established Non-belief (Oxford, 1994), Reforming Fundamentalism: Fuller Seminary and the New Evangelicalism (Eerdmans, 1987), and Fundamentalism and American Culture: The Shaping of Twentieth-Century Evangelicalism, 1870-1925 (Oxford, 1980). Dr. Marsden is the chair of the ISAE Advisory Committee.


Mark NollMark Noll is the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. Along with Dr. Nathan Hatch of the University of Notre Dame he laid the groundwork for what would eventually become the ISAE through a Lilly Endowment-supported conference on “The Bible in America” in 1979. Dr. Noll is one of the foremost scholars of American religion and has authored dozens of articles for scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers. His book The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind (Eerdmans, 1994) was named Christianity Today's 1994 “Book of the Year.” Among his more recent works are Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind (Eerdmans, 2011), The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith (InterVarsity Press, 2009), The Civil War as a Theological Crisis (North Carolina, 2006) and America’s God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln (Oxford, 2002).


Dana L. RobertDana L. Robert is the Truman Collins Professor of World Missions at Boston University. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of missiology, missions history, and non-western church history. She is the author of Christian Mission: How Christianity Became a World Religion (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), Converting Colonialism: Vision and Realities in Mission History, 1706-1914 (Eerdmans, 2008), Occupy Until I Come: A. T. Pierson and the Evangelization of the World (Eerdmans, 2003), Gospel Bearers, Gender Barriers: Missionary Women in the 20th Century (Orbis, 2002), and American Women in Mission: A Social History of Their Thought and Practice (Mercer, 1996).


Grant WackerGrant Wacker is professor of Christian history and American religion at the Duke Divinity School. He has written extensively about the history of evangelicalism and Pentecostal Christianity. Along with Heaven Below: Early Pentecostalism in American Culture (Harvard, 2003), some of his books include Religion in Nineteenth Century America-Religion in American Life series (Oxford University Press, 2000), and The Foreign Missionary Enterprise at Home, co-edited with Daniel Bays (Alabama, 2003). Dr. Wacker is currently at work on a biography of Billy Graham titled Billy Graham’s America (Harvard, forthcoming).

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