Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History
Office: 481 Decio Faculty Hall
Department of History
Notre Dame, IN 46556
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