Welcome to my website, constructed by Tom Zahari, one of our talented History majors at Hope College, specifically for my newest book, Mere Believers: How Eight Faithful Lives Changed the Course of History. Some background on me: I grew up in California, although I graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa (see the introduction to Mere Believers to see how that happened). I completed a history major and political science and philosophy minors at Iowa State University and earned my Ph.D. at the University of Iowa.
I teach British, Irish and imperial history courses, although my research is, like most academic historians, much more narrowly focused—in my case on London between the late 18th and late 19th centuries. My first book, Theatre and Disorder in Late Georgian London was published by Oxford University Press in 1992. In it I used the longest-running theatre riot in British history to unpack the relationship between theatrical and political cultures in modern Britain. My second book, The Rise and Fall of Radical Westminster 1780-1890, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012 is a cultural and political study of the West End of London between the French Revolution and World War I.
Mere Believers is the first of two projected books on major Christian figures in Britain between the mid-18th and mid-20th centuries. It represents the first significant writing I’ve done for a general audience. I’d love to hear your reactions to the book: just click on the Contact Me tab. And if you haven’t already, you can buy Mere Believers by clicking here.