Joel A. Carpenter


Education

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

Biography

"My wife and I love to travel, and we are also avid golfers. We have a dog, Mini, who thinks she is a big dog. She has become our personal fitness trainer. We enjoy visiting Chicago, where our daughter, Becky, is a teacher and our son, Andrew, is a draftsman."

Academic interests

Joel Carpenter has a longstanding interest in American religious and cultural history, but he has been working lately in the history of Christianity in Africa and Asia. He also writes about Christianity in higher education.

He is director of the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity, a research and faculty development agency of Calvin College. He has been working with the officers of the John Templeton Foundation to develop two grant-making programs for African scholars, in theology and in the social sciences. He met with a team of African scholars in Nairobi in January 2015 to sharpen up the design of this program. 

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