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Associate Professor of History

Department: Social Science and History

Office: MO 412

Phone extension: 2118

David began teaching at Asbury in 2010 after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. Areas of expertise and teaching interest include American religious history, Anabaptist and Mennonite history, twentieth-century American culture, global religion, and issues of war and peace.

His first book, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2012, has earned positive reviews from the New York Times, Journal of American History, Christian Century, Huffington Post, and Books & Culture. His second project, under contract with Oxford University Press, deals with global religion.

For more of his writing, visit the Anxious Bench blog or his website at

Courses offered

  • The United States before 1877
  • The United States after 1877
  • Western Civilization I
  • Western Civilization II
  • The United States in the 1960s
  • The Study of History: Historical Methods and Historiography
  • Non-Western Cultures
  • War in the American Memory
  • American Religious History


  • Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012)
  • From the Ends of the Earth: Evangelical Internationalism in the American Century (contract with Oxford University Press, anticipated 2019)

Selected publications

  • “Global Encounters and the Evangelical Left,” in The Religious Left in Modern America: Doorkeepers of a Radical Faith (forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan)
  • “Christ of the American Road: E. Stanley Jones, India, and Civil Rights,” Journal of American Studies (November 2017)
  • “The Evangelical Left,” 442-67, in Kurt W. Peterson, Thomas S. Kidd and Darren Dochuk, eds., American Evangelicalism: George Marsden and the Shape of American Religious History (Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014).
  • “Global Reflex: International Evangelicals, Human Rights, and the New Shape of American Social Engagement,” 221-41, in Brian Steensland and Philip Goff, eds., The New Evangelical Social Engagement (Oxford University Press, 2013).
  • “The Evangelical Left and the Move from Personal to Corporate Responsibility,” 264-88, in Axel Schaffer, ed., American Evangelicalism and the 1960s (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2013).
  • “Embodying the Global Soul: Internationalism and the American Evangelical Left,” Religions 3, No. 4 (September 2012), 887-901.
  • “Evangelicalism Re-Baptized: Anabaptists and the Evangelical Left,” in Jared Burkholder and David Cramer, eds., The Activist Impulse: Exploring the Intersection of Anabaptism and Evangelicalism (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2012).
  • “The Evangelical Left and the Future of Social Conservatism,” Society 49, No. 1 (January-February 2012), 54-60.
  • “Identity Politics and the Fragmenting of the 1970s Evangelical Left,” Religion and American Culture 21, No. 1 (Winter 2011), 81-120.
  • “A Third Way: The Politics of Spiritual Community in Evangelicalism,” Communal Societies 30, No. 1 (Spring 2010).
  • “The New Left and Evangelical Radicalism,” Journal for the Study of Radicalism 3, No. 2 (Fall 2009), 51-79.

Selected presentations

  • “’Go to the Peasant People’: World Vision, Jimmy Yen, and Transnational Exchange,”     conference on “Currents, Perspectives, and Methodologies in World Christianity,” Princeton Theological Seminary (January 19, 2018)
  • “Global Encounters: The Evangelical Left and the Limits of Ecumenism,” invited workshop on “Ecumenical Protestantism and Post-Protestant Secularism” at the University of California, Berkeley, Cal. (October 13, 2017)
  • “Miracle in Almolonga: Supernaturalism and the Re-Enchantment of the West,” Organization of American Historians, New Orleans, La. (April 9, 2017)
  • “Trends in the Evangelical Antitrafficking Movement in Thailand,” United Nations Development Programme, Bangkok, Thailand (February 27, 2017)
  • “Evangelical Mission and the Path of Civil Rights Nonviolence from Gandhi to King,” Organization of American Historians, Providence, Rhode Island (April 7, 2016)
  • “Jimmy Yen, World Vision, and Evangelical Transnationalism,” Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Newport Beach, California (October 23, 2015)
  • “Sat Tal Ashram and the Transnational Civil Rights Movement,” Communal Studies Association, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky (October 2, 2015)
  • “Christ of the American Road: E. Stanley Jones, India, and Civil Rights,” Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, Netherlands (July 13, 2015)
  • “E. Stanley Jones and the Power of Cross-Cultural Exchange,” Kangnam University, Seoul, South Korea (May 16, 2014)
  • “Cold War and Caste: E. Stanley Jones and the American Civil Rights Movement,” Centre for Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies, University of Southampton, United Kingdom (April 24, 2014)
  • “E. Stanley Jones, Civil Rights, and the Global Reflex,” Organization of American Historians, Atlanta, Georgia (April 10, 2014)
  • “Anabaptists, Evangelicals, and the Search for a Third Way in Postwar America,” Schrag Lectures, Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania (March 6, 2014)
  • “The Evangelical Left: Oxymoron or Opportunity?” David L. Franz Annual Lecture, Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts (October 3, 2013)
  • Willson-Gross Lectures, Union College, Barbourville, Kentucky (April 10-11, 2013)
  • “Global Reflex: International Evangelicals, Human Rights, and the New Shape of American Social Engagement,” Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (May 18, 2012)
  • “What the History of the Evangelical Left Can Tell Us about the Future of Social Conservatism,” Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, Cal. (May 20, 2011)
  • “The Evangelical Left and the Move from Personal to Corporate Responsibility,” Colloquium on “New Perspectives on American Evangelicalism in the 1960s: Revisiting the “Backlash,” Keele University, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom (April 16-19, 2011)
  • “The Third Way: The Politics of Spiritual Community in the Evangelical Left,” Communal Studies Association National Conference, Aurora, Oregon (October 2009)
  • “The Chicago Declaration, the Evangelical Left, and the Limits of Evangelical Politics,” American Studies Association National Conference, Religion Caucus, Albuquerque, New Mexico (October 2008)

Selected awards

  • Project Launch Grant, Global Religion Research Initiative, funded by Templeton Religion Trust and administered by the University of Notre Dame, “Red-Light Rescue: Transnationalism and the Evangelical Campaign against Trafficking in Southeast Asia,” 2018 ($9,800 award)
  • Jack Shand Research Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, “Evangelical Transnationalism and the Campaign for Human Rights in Chiang Mai, Thailand,” 2016 ($4,000 award)
  • Frances White Ewbank Excellence in Teaching Award, Asbury University, 2015
  • Runner-up for the Frank and Elizabeth Brewer Prize, American Society of Church History, 2012
  • Donald Durnbaugh Starting Scholar Award, Communal Studies Association, 2009
  • John Highbarger Memorial Dissertation Award, University of Notre Dame, 2008-9

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