Joel A. Carpenter

Joel Carpenter


B.A., History, Calvin College
M.A., History, Johns Hopkins University
Ph.D., History, Johns Hopkins University

Academic interests

Joel was the provost of Calvin from 1996 to 2006 and then was the founding director of the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity until retiring in 2019. He has enjoyed being a member of the history department all along. Joel has a longstanding interest in American religious and cultural history and now studies Christianity in Africa and Asia. His latest project is a study of the life and thought of Kwame Bediako, one of Africa’s leading Christian thinkers

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