David N. Hempton

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David N. Hempton

David Neil Hempton

(1952-02-19) February 19, 1952 (age 67)
Northern Ireland
TitleDean of Harvard Divinity School (since 2012)
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work
Sub-disciplineHistory of Christianity
Main interestsEvangelicalism

David Neil Hempton FRHistS (born 1952) is a Northern Irish historian of evangelicalism, dean of Harvard Divinity School, and fellow of the Royal Historical Society.[1]


Hempton was born on 19 February 1952,[2] in Northern Ireland.[3] He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree (1974) from the Queen's University Belfast and his Doctor of Philosophy degree (1977) from the University of St Andrews.[4] Hempton began teaching at Queen's University in 1979, where he was professor of modern history and director of the school of history.[4] He joined the faculty of Boston University in 1998, where he was professor of the history of Christianity, and in 2008 named "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" at the divinity school.[3] In 2007, he was appointed as the first Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School,[4] and in 2012 it was announced he would succeed William A. Graham as dean of the school.[3]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Methodism and Politics in British Society, 1750–1850, winner of The Whitfield Prize[5] (1984) ISBN 041555571X
  • The Religion of the People: Methodism and Popular Religion C. 1750–1900 (1996) ISBN 0415077141
  • Religion and Political Culture in Britain and Ireland: From the Glorious Revolution to the Decline of Empire (1996) ISBN 0521479258
  • Methodism: Empire of the Spirit, winner of the Jesse Lee Prize[6] (2005) ISBN 0300119763
  • Evangelical Disenchantment: Nine Portraits of Faith and Doubt (2008) ISBN 030014282X
  • The Church in the Long Eighteenth Century, winner of the Albert C. Outler Prize[7] (2011) ISBN 184511440X


  1. ^ "Fellows of the Royal Historical Society" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-06-14.
  2. ^ "Hempton, David". from Library of Congress Name Authority File.
  3. ^ a b c "Hempton named Divinity School dean". Harvard Gazette. March 30, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Hempton named first McDonald Family Professor". Harvard Gazette. August 24, 2006.
  5. ^ "Previous Winners of the Whitfield Prize" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-01-08.
  6. ^ "The Jesse Lee Prize". Archived from the original on 2012-10-10.
  7. ^ "David Hempton Awarded Outler Prize". Harvard Divinity School. December 7, 2012.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
William A. Graham
Dean of Harvard Divinity School