David N. Hempton

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David N. Hempton
Born (1952-02-19) February 19, 1952 (age 66)
Nationality British
Education Queen's University Belfast
Alma mater University of St Andrews
Scientific career
Fields History of Protestant Christianity
Institutions Harvard Divinity School

David Neil Hempton (born 19 February 1952) is a British historian of evangelical Protestant Christianity, dean of Harvard Divinity School, and fellow of the Royal Historical Society.[1]


Hempton was born on 19 February 1952,[2] in Northern Ireland.[3] He earned his B.A. (1974) from the Queen's University Belfast and his Ph.D. (1977) from the University of St Andrews.[4] Hempton began teaching at Queen's University in 1979, where he was professor of modern history and director of the school of history.[4] He joined the faculty of Boston University in 1998, where he was professor of the history of Christianity, and in 2008 named "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" at the divinity school.[3] In 2007, he was appointed as the first Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School,[4] and in 2012 it was announced he would succeed William A. Graham as dean of the school.[3]

Selected publications

  • Methodism and Politics in British Society, 1750-1850, winner of The Whitfield Prize[5] (1984) ISBN 041555571X
  • The Religion of the People: Methodism and Popular Religion C. 1750-1900 (1996) ISBN 0415077141
  • Religion and Political Culture in Britain and Ireland: From the Glorious Revolution to the Decline of Empire (1996) ISBN 0521479258
  • Methodism: Empire of the Spirit, winner of the Jesse Lee Prize[6] (2005) ISBN 0300119763
  • Evangelical Disenchantment: Nine Portraits of Faith and Doubt (2008) ISBN 030014282X
  • The Church in the Long Eighteenth Century, winner of the Albert C. Outler Prize[7] (2011) ISBN 184511440X


  1. ^ "Fellows of the Royal Historical Society" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-06-14.
  2. ^ "Hempton, David". from Library of Congress Name Authority File.
  3. ^ a b c "Hempton named Divinity School dean". Harvard Gazette. March 30, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Hempton named first McDonald Family Professor". Harvard Gazette. August 24, 2006.
  5. ^ "Previous Winners of the Whitfield Prize" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-01-08.
  6. ^ "The Jesse Lee Prize". Archived from the original on 2012-10-10.
  7. ^ "David Hempton Awarded Outler Prize". Harvard Divinity School. December 7, 2012.

External links

  • Hempton's faculty page at Harvard Divinity School
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