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Dr Randall J Stephens

Reader and Associate Professor of History and American Studies

Department: Humanities

ADSS Randallstephens Facultystaff 255Randall Stephens came to Northumbria in 2012. Hailing from Kansas, he writes and teaches about the American South, religion in the US, religion and politics, conservatism, and popular music. From 2008 to 2014 he was the editor of the history magazine Historically Speaking (Johns Hopkins University Press). Randall is the author of The Fire Spreads: Holiness and Pentecostalism in the American South (Harvard University Press, 2008, 2010); The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age, co-authored with Karl Giberson (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011, 2012); and editor of Recent Themes in American Religious History (University of South Carolina Press, 2009). He is currently completing his third book on religion and rock music for Harvard University Press. In spring 2012 he was a Fulbright Roving Scholar in American Studies in Norway. He is currently serving as an Organization of American Historian Distinguished Lecturer. Randall’s articles and op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Salon, the Independent, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Quartz, the Atlantic, and the Christian Century.

0191 243 7848

Qualifications

PhD, American History, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
MA, History, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS
MA, Theological Studies, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

American religious history, United States South, Pentecostalism, American popular music, cultural history, conservatism.  Randall is currently working on A Primary Source Reader on Rock Music, with Brian Ward.

Current/Recent Projects

Current/Recent Projects

2013-2019 Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer

2016 “Problems in the Study of Religion,” National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar fellowship, University of Virginia (May-June).

2015    Fellow, Wesleyan Center for 21st Century Studies, Point Loma Nazarene University (May-July).

2015 U.S. Embassy London, United Kingdom Grant for the Religion in American History Symposium, Newcastle University and Northumbria University (March).

2015 Lynn E. May, Jr., Study Grant, Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, Nashville, TN (February).

2014 Comparative Secularization and Innovation in Europe and the United States, Harvard Divinity School, a Workshop Conference (May).

2014 John Templeton Foundation and Historical Society Travel Grant for the AHA, Washington, DC (January).

2014-15 American Society of Church History Travel Grants.

2011-2013 John Templeton Foundation, Religion and Innovation in Human Affairs grant initiative.  Part of $2.75/£1.91 million in funding to support 20 projects in a variety of disciplines, including archaeology, history of science, and the social sciences.

“Unbucklin’ that Ole Bible Belt: Learning about the Solid Religious South from Freaks, Geeks, Outcasts, Losers, Wide-Eyed Prophets, Cranks, and Mountebanks,” Fides et Historia (Winter/Spring 2014).

“‘Ohio villains’ and ‘pretenders to new revelations’: Wesleyan Abolitionists in North Carolina and Virginia, 1847-1857,” in Southern Character: Essays in Honor of Bertram Wyatt-Brown (University Press of Florida, 2011).

“On Teaching with God in America,” Fides et Historia (Summer/Fall 2011).

“The Holiness/Pentecostal/Charismatic Extension of the Wesleyan Tradition,” in The Cambridge Companion to John Wesley (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

“Pentecost for the Southland,” Historically Speaking: The Bulletin of the Historical Society (Jan/Feb 2008).

“‘There is Magic in Print’: The Holiness Pentecostal Press and the Origins of Southern Pentecostalism,” in Southern Crossroads: Perspectives on Southern Religion and Culture (University of Kentucky Press, 2008).

“Interpreting American Pentecostal Origins: Retrospect and Prospect” in Interpreting Denominational History: Perspectives on the Past, Prospects for the Future (University of Alabama Press, 2008).

“‘There is Magic in Print’: The Holiness-Pentecostal Press and the Origins of Southern Pentecostalism,” Journal of Southern Religion 5 (2002).

“The Convergence of Populism, Religion, and the Holiness Pentecostal Movements: A Review of the Historical Literature,” Fides et Historia 32, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2000).



2012 Fulbright Roving Scholar, Norway (December 2011-June 2012).

2008 John Templeton Foundation grant for The Anointed: American Evangelical Experts, co-authored with Karl Giberson.

2007 Young Scholars in American Religion Fellowship, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis, 2007-2009.


Articles and Chapters

“Recent Developments in the Study of Religion in the US” for “Getting Religion: A Roundtable on the Study of Religion and the US,” Journal of American Studies (in press).

“The Bible and Fundamentalism in America,” in The Oxford Handbook on the Bible in America (in press).

“Of Gods, Presence, Abundant History, and the Challenges of Studying Everyday Religion,” Fides et Historia (in press).

“‘It has to come from the hearts of the people’: Evangelicals, Fundamentalists, Race, and the 1964 Civil Rights Act,” Journal of American Studies (August 2016).
 
“‘Where else did they copy their styles but from church groups?’ Rock ‘n’ Roll and Pentecostalism in the 1950s South,” Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture (March 2016).

“From Abolitionists to Fundamentalists: The Transformation of the Wesleyan Methodists in the 19th and 20th Centuries,” American Nineteenth Century History (May 2015).

“Understanding the Prosperity Gospel,” Fides et Historia 47:2 (Summer/Fall 2015).

“Bertram Wyatt-Brown as Scholar and Mentor,” Georgia Historical Quarterly (2015).

Key Publications

Books

The Devil's Music: Christianity and Rock since the 1950s (under contract, Harvard University Press).

[with Karl Giberson] The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011; Kindle edition, 2012).

[as bibliographic editor], The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History, eds. Paul Harvey and Edward Blum (Columbia University Press, 2012).

The Fire Spreads: Holiness and Pentecostalism in the American South (Harvard University Press, 2008; paperback edition, 2010).

[as editor] Recent Themes in American Religious History, Historians in Conversation Series (University of South Carolina Press, 2009).

Sam Jones’ Own Book, 1886. With a New Introduction by Randall J. Stephens. Southern Classics Series (University of South Carolina Press, 2009).

Articles and Chapters

“Recent Developments in the Study of Religion in the US” for “Getting Religion: A Roundtable on the Study of Religion and the US,” Journal of American Studies (in press).

“The Bible and Fundamentalism in America,” in The Oxford Handbook on the Bible in America (in press).

“Of Gods, Presence, Abundant History, and the Challenges of Studying Everyday Religion,” Fides et Historia (in press).

“‘It has to come from the hearts of the people’: Evangelicals, Fundamentalists, Race, and the 1964 Civil Rights Act,” Journal of American Studies (August 2016).
 
“‘Where else did they copy their styles but from church groups?’ Rock ‘n’ Roll and Pentecostalism in the 1950s South,” Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture (March 2016).

“From Abolitionists to Fundamentalists: The Transformation of the Wesleyan Methodists in the 19th and 20th Centuries,” American Nineteenth Century History (May 2015).

“Understanding the Prosperity Gospel,” Fides et Historia 47:2 (Summer/Fall 2015).

“Bertram Wyatt-Brown as Scholar and Mentor,” Georgia Historical Quarterly (2015).

Further publications at: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/view/creators/Stephens=3ARandall=3A=3A.default.html 


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