Mark Noll


Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History

Graduate Program Field

United States History


Intellectual; Religious; United States


B. A., Wheaton College, 1968
M.A., University of Iowa, 1970
M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1972
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1975

Research and Teaching Interests

Noll's research concerns mostly the history of Christianity in the United States and Canada. He also teaches courses in the Civil War era, general Canadian history, and the recent world history of Christianity. He is currently working on a book that tries to combine two large narratives about the Bible in American history: first, the rise and decline of a biblical civilization defined mostly by activistic, British-origin Protestants; and, second, the ever widening diversity of Bibles, biblical uses, and other sacred Scriptures in a liberal America open to Christian believers of all kinds as well as the adherents of many other authoritative religious texts


Noll is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; in 2006 he received the National Endowment for the Humanities medal at a White House ceremony.

Recent books:

Protestantism--A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2011)
The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith (InterVarsity Press, 2009)
God and Race in American Politics: A Short History (Princeton University Press, 2008)
The Civil War as a Theological Crisis (University of North Carolina Press, 2006)
America's God, from Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln (Oxford University Press, 2002)
Co-editor, Religion and American Politics: From the Colonial Period to the Present, 2nd ed. (Oxford University Press, 2007)

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