AB, Harvard University
PhD, Yale University
David D. Hall has taught at HDS since 1989, and has previously served as chair of the Committee on the Study of Religion. He was Bartlett Professor of New England Church History until 2008, when he became Bartlett Research Professor. He writes extensively on religion and society in seventeenth-century New England and England; his books include The Faithful Shepherd: A History of the New England Ministry in the Seventeenth Century; Worlds of Wonder, Days of Judgment: Popular Religious Belief in Early New England; and Puritans in the New World: A Critical Anthology. He has edited two key collections of documents: The Antinomian Controversy of 1636-1638: A Documentary History and Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth-Century New England: A Documentary History, 1638-1693. Another interest is the "history of the book," especially the history of literacy and reading in early America. He edited, with Hugh Amory, The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World, the first of a five-volume series of which he is the general editor. He continues to study and write about religion and culture in early America, with particular attention to "lived religion," and is working on the development of cultural criticism in mid-nineteenth-century America.
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