The Organization of American Historians has announced that Benjamin Irvin, currently of the University of Arizona, will be the new editor of the Journal of American History. As many of you know, the Journal is the most important scholarly journal of American history in the world.
Here is the formal announcement:
The OAH is pleased to announce that Benjamin H. Irvin, associate professor at the University of Arizona, has been named the new Executive Editor of the Journal of American History and associate professor in the department of history at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of Clothed in Robes of Sovereignty: The Continental Congress and the People Out of Doors (2011). Irvin has worked on the editorial boards or staffs of Common-Place: The Journal of Early American Life, History Compass, and the Journal of American History. He is also a Distinguished Lecturer with the Organization of American Historians.
Irvin will begin his term as Executive Editor of the Journal of American History in August 2017.
For those of you who are interested in the American theological scene, Stanley Hauerwas, the man who Time Magazine described as “America’s Best Theologian,” has accepted a part-time endowed chair in theological ethics at Aberdeen University. Here is a taste of the press release:
The University is delighted to announce the appointment of Stanley Hauerwas to a Chair in Theological Ethics. Professor Hauerwas will take up his part-time post within the School of Divinity, History &Philosophy this autumn. Respected worldwide for his influential and wide-ranging scholarship and acknowledged as a leading public intellectual both within and outwith the churches, Hauerwas—who previously helda professorship at the University of Notre Dame and is currently the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law and a Senior Research Fellow the Duke University Divinity School—continues decisively to shape the field of contemporary theological ethics.
Hauerwas is the author of countless articles and over forty books including Community of Character (1981) and The Peaceable Kingdom (1983), God, Medicine and Suffering (1994), With the Grain of the Universe (2001), and most recently Working With Words: Learning to Speak Christian (2011) and Approaching the End (2013). His body of work engages a vast range of issues in theology, ethics, law, education, literature, disability studies, and medical ethics. He is also well-known for his commitments to pacifism and radical politics. His contributions have been recognized by award of honorary Doctorates from DePaul University, the University of Edinburgh, Virginia Theological Seminary and the University of Geneva. In 2001 he was named by Time Magazine as ‘America’s Best Theologian’.
Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, said: “The appointment of Professor Hauerwas confirms the world-class stature of our Divinity department and the strength of our ambitions. Hauerwas is internationally acknowledged to be one of those very few scholars of whom it can be said without exaggeration that he has changed the face of his discipline. We are pleased to welcome to our ranks a major public intellectual whose scholarship is a touchstone for anyone working in ethics and related fields.”
John Swinton, Professor of Practical Theology and Master of Christ’s College added: “Stanley Hauerwas is one of the finest theologians of our time and we are delighted that he has chosen to come and work with us at Aberdeen. His appointment is a fantastic opportunity with huge potential and we look forward with anticipation to what will undoubtedly be an exciting and creative future.”
This may be old news, but I just heard about it today. Randall Balmer, a scholar of American religion known for his work on evangelicals, has left Columbia University for Dartmouth College. Balmer is now the Mandel Family Professor of Arts & Sciences and chair of the Religion Department at Dartmouth.
Congratulations to Jana Riess!
Jana is leaving Westminster/John Knox Press to become Director of Publishing at Patheos Press. Readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home may know Jana from her acquisition of this book. She is a wonderful editor and I hope that the folks at Patheos realize that they are lucky to have her.