Randall Balmer

Mandel Family Professor in the Arts & Sciences
Chair, Department of Religion

A prize-winning historian and Emmy Award nominee, Randall Balmer earned the Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1985 and taught as Professor of American Religious History at Columbia University for twenty-seven years before becoming the Mandel Family Professor in the Arts and Sciences at Dartmouth College in 2012. He has been a visiting professor at Princeton, Yale, Northwestern, and Emory universities and in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He was a visiting professor at Yale Divinity School from 2004 to 2008.

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Dr. Balmer has published widely in both scholarly journals and in the popular press. His op-ed articles have appeared in newspapers across the country, including the Los Angeles Times, the Des Moines Register, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Dallas Morning News, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Anchorage Daily News, and the New York Times. His work has also appeared in the New Republic, the New York Times Book Review, Christian Century, the Nation, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Washington Post Book World.  Dr. Balmer is regularly asked to comment on religion in American life, and he has appeared frequently on network television, on NPR, and on both the Colbert Report and the Daily Show, with Jon Stewart. He has been an expert witness in several First Amendment cases, including Snyder v. Phelps and Glassroth v. Moore, the so-called Alabama Ten Commandments case.

Dr. Balmer has published more than a dozen books, including God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush and The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond. His second book, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America, now in its fourth edition, was made into an award-winning, three-part documentary for PBS. Dr. Balmer wrote and hosted that series as well as a two-part series on creationism and a documentary on Billy Graham. He has lectured around the country in such venues as the Commonwealth Club of California and the Chautauqua Institution and, under the auspices of the State Department, in Austria and Lebanon.

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Department(s): 
Religion
Education: 
B.A., Trinity College (Illinois)
M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
A.M., Princeton University
Ph.D., Princeton University
M.Div., Union Theological Seminary

Selected Publications

First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty (2012)

The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivialism to Politics and Beyond (2010)

God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush (2008)

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America, 4th ed. (2006)

Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America (2006)

Religion in American Life: A Short History (with Jon Butler and Grant Wacker), 2nd ed. (2011)

Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism (2004)

Grant Us Courage: Travels Along the Mainline of American Protestantism (1996)

A Perfect Babel of Confusion: Dutch Religion and English Culture in Middle Colonies (1989)

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Works in progress

Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter (Basic Books, forthcoming)

Religion in the American West