Virtual Roundtable on David D. Hall’s The Puritans: A Transatlantic History (Feb 24)

Please join the ASCH community at 5pm EST on Thursday, February 24 for a virtual roundtable discussion of David Hall’s The Puritans: A Transatlantic History. The discussion will feature Margo Todd, Mark Valeri, Paul Lim, Charles Hambrick-Stowe, and David Hall.

Attendance is open, but registration is required. Register here!


This session brings together leading scholars of puritanism in England, Scotland, and North America to assess the significance of David D. Hall’s recent monograph The Puritans: A Transatlantic History. Of broad interest to historians of multiple specializations, eras, methodologies, and regions, The Puritans combines cultural and political history with historical theology in fresh and compelling ways. This roundtable will give us an opportunity to think about the past and future of transatlantic religious history, to analyze the gains and losses that have emerged from the turn to “lived religion,” and to creatively envision new possibilities for cross-regional and cross-disciplinary work in the field. Each roundtable participant will offer brief remarks on the book and the broader questions it addresses. Then the author David D. Hall will have a chance to respond, before we open the floor to the audience for further comments and questions. 


Charles Hambrick-Stowe (Moderator), whose Ph.D. was completed with David Hall at Boston University, is the author of books and articles on the Puritans, including The Practice of Piety: Puritan Devotional Disciplines in Seventeenth-Century New England (1982) and Early New England Meditative Poetry: Anne Bradstreet and Edward Taylor(1988). He has also published a biography, Charles G. Finney and the Spirit of American Evangelicalism (1996), and number of book chapters on Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening, most recently in the Oxford Handbook of Jonathan Edwards (2021). Having combined parish ministry and academic administration and teaching, he is now minister emeritus of the First Congregational Church of Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Margo Todd is Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in early modern English and Scottish history and in the culture of Reformed (Calvinist) protestantism in Britain and early America. Her books include Christian Humanism and the Puritan Social OrderReformation to Revolution: Politics and Religion in Early Modern EnglandThe Culture of Protestantism in Early Modern Scotland (winner of the Longman-History Today Prize and the Scottish History Book of the Year Award), and most recently an edition of the Kirk Session Books of Perth, 1577-1590. She has held fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.  In 2016-17 she was be the Fletcher Jones Foundation Distinguished Fellow of the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.

Mark Valeri is the Reverend Priscilla Wood Neaves Distinguished Professor of Religion and Politics with the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis. His areas of specialization include religion and social thought, especially economics, in America; Reformation theology and the political history of Calvinism; Puritanism; and enlightenment moral philosophy. His latest book, Heavenly Merchandize: How Religion Shaped Commerce in Puritan America, (Princeton University Press, 2010), received the 2011 Philip Schaff Prize from the American Society of Church History. k chapters, journal articles, and essays. Valeri has received several fellowships, including an Andrew W. Mellon fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, an American Council of Learned Societies grant, a Lilly Endowment faculty fellowship, as well as the 2017-2018 Los Angeles Times Distinguished Fellowship in the History and Culture of the Americas at The Huntington Library in Pasadena, California. Valeri earned the Ph.D. from Princeton University, his M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and his B.A., summa cum laude, from Whitworth College.

Paul C.H. Lim is Associate Professor of the History of Christianity, History, Religious Studies, and Asian Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is an award-winning historian of Reformation- and post-Reformation Europe.  His latest book, Mystery Unveiled: The Crisis of the Trinity in Early Modern England (Oxford, 2012), won the 2013 Roland H. Bainton Prize as the best book in history/theology by the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference.  He has published two other books in that area: The Cambridge Companion to Puritanism (Cambridge, 2008); and In Pursuit of Purity, Unity, and Liberty: Richard Baxter’s Puritan Ecclesiology in Context (Brill, 2004). His research has been funded by fellowships and grants from the Luce Foundation (Luce Fellowship in Theology, 2011-12); the Folger Shakespeare Library; the Yale Center for Faith & Culture; the Vanderbilt University Research Scholars Grant. Lim earned the B.A. from Yale University (1990); his M.Div. from Biblical Theological Seminary (1995), his Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary (1997), and his Ph.D. from University of Cambridge (2001).

David D. Hall has taught at Harvard Divinity School since 1989, and 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 CenturyWorlds of Wonder, Days of Judgment: Popular Religious Belief in Early New EnglandPuritans in the New World: A Critical AnthologyA Reforming People: Puritanism and the Transformation of Public Life in New England (2011), and, most recently, The Puritans: A Transatlantic History (2019). 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 was the general editor.

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