Mark Noll

Mark Noll

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Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History

Office: 481 Decio Faculty Hall
Phone: 574-631-7574

Mailing address:
Mark Noll
Department of History
219 O’Shaughnessy
Notre Dame, IN 46556

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Areas of Expertise

Religious and cultural history, the relationship between evangelicals and Catholics

One of the nation’s foremost scholars of religious and cultural history, Noll is a prominent participant in dialogues between evangelical and Catholic scholars. Selected in 2005 by Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America, Noll is the author of numerous books, including “God and Race in American Politics,” which traces the explosive political effects when religion and race intermingle. A former professor of religion and history at Wheaton College where he co-founded the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, Noll has served as a visiting teacher at Harvard Divinity School, University of Chicago Divinity School, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Regent College of Vancouver, B.C.

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.


Tocqueville Program: “The Meanings of Religious Freedom in America”

Religion and the Presidential Election


Jerry Falwell


Conference: Combining the Spirit of Religion and the Spirit of Liberty. The Tocqueville Thesis Revisited

Historian Noll publishes new book on religion, race in politics

Catholic and evangelical scholars assess Christian learning

Noll, Slaughter elected fellows of Society of American Historians

Historian Mark Noll receives National Humanities Medal in White House ceremony

Mark Noll appointed to McAnaney professorship at ND

An evolving relationship: evangelical scholar Mark Noll discusses move to Notre Dame


National Catholic Review — Review: A Partisan Church, Part II

The Christian Post — The History of Science and Christianity

The Economist — The present past

Huffington Post—Who Reads the Bible — and Why

Associated Press—Papacy buffeted by changes in modern world

Huffington Post—2012 Election: Race, Religion Collide As Obama, Mitt Romney Battle

Washington Post—A kinder mix of religion and politics during Holy Week

Huffington Post—Evangelicals Defined: The History Of American Evangelicalism

USA Today—You’ve heard of evangelicals, but who are they?

Chronicle of Higher Education—Opening of the Evangelical Mind?

Huffington Post—Protestantism Today

MSNBC—Gideons spread the word one Bible, one room at a time