Church and State Seminar: Faculty Profiles


Daniel L. Dreisbach is Professor of Justice, Law, and Society at American University.  Author or editor of seven books and many scholarly articles, he is one of the nation’s leading scholars of the intersection of religion, law, and politics at the American founding.  Among his books are Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State, The Founders on God and Government, and an anthology of original sources employed in this seminar, The Sacred Rights of Conscience: Selected Readings on Religious Liberty and Church-State Relations in the American Founding (co-edited with Mark David Hall).

Thomas S. Kidd is Professor of History, and Senior Fellow of the Institute for Studies of Religion, at Baylor University.  He is the author of several books, including The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America, God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution, and Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots.  He is currently at work on a biography of George Whitefield.

Gerald R. McDermott is Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion at Roanoke College, and Distinguished Senior Fellow at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion.  Among his numerous books are Understanding Jonathan Edwards: Introducing America’s Theologian, The Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology, The Great Theologians: A Brief Guide, and The Theology of Jonathan Edwards (with Michael J. McClymond).