David Hollinger

Preston Hotchkis Professor Emeritus
(510) 435-4199

B.A. 1963, La Verne College
Ph.D. 1970 UC Berkeley

Curriculum Vitae: 
Research Interests: 

America since 1607: intellectual

Recent Papers Available Electronically

"William James, Ecumenical Protestantism, and the Dynamics of Secularization" in Martin Halliwell and Joel D.S. Rasmussen, eds., William James and the Transatlantic Conversation.

"The Wedge Driving Academia's Two Families Apart," Chronicle of Higher Education, October 14, 2013. 

"After Cloven Tongues of Fire: Ecumenical Protestantism and the Modern American Encounter with Diversity"Journal of American History (June 2011), 21-48.

"The Accommodation of Protestant Christianity with the Enlightenment: An Old Drama Still Being Enacted" Daedalus Winter 2012, 76-88.

"What is Our 'Canon'? How American Intellectual Historians Debate the Core of Their Field" Modern Intellectual History  9. 1 (2012), 185–200.

"The Concept of Post-Racial: How Its Easy Dismissal Obscures Important Questions" Daedalus Winter 2011, 174-182.

"Being Really Good vs. Being Really Public: Is This Our Choice?" Townsend Center Newsletter, April/May 2010, 21-23

"Church People and Others" in James Banner and John Gillis, eds.Becoming Historians (Chicago,2009), 101- 121.

"Religious Ideas: Should They be Critically Engaged or Given a Pass?" Representations #101 (2008), 144-154.

"Separation Anxiety," London Review of Books, January 24, 2008, 15-18. [Review of Mark Lilla, The Stillborn God].

"Obama, the Instability of Color Lines, and the Promise of a Postethnic Future" Callaloo 31.4 (2008), 1033-1037.

"Rethinking Diversity,"California Magazine (July/August 2006), 47-49.

"From Identity to Solidarity,"Daedalus (Fall 2006), 23-31.

"The One Drop Rule and the One Hate Rule," Daedalus (Winter 2005), 18-28.

"Damned for God’s Glory: William James and the Scientific Vindication of Protestant Culture," in Wayne Proudfoot, ed., Re-Experiencing Varieties: William James and a Science of Religion (New York, 2004), 9-30.

"Amalgamation and Hypodescent: The Question of Ethnoracial Mixture in the History of the United States," American Historical Review (December, 2003), 1363-1390.

Representative Publications: 


Protestants Abroad: How Missionaries Tried to Change the World but Changed America (Princeton University Press, 2017).

After Cloven Tongues of Fire: Protestant Liberlaism in Modern American History (Princeton University Press, 2013). 

Cosmopolitanism and Solidarity: Studies in Ethnoracial, Religious, and Professional Affiliation in the United States (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006)

The Humanities and the Dynamics of Inclusion Since World War Two (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006). [Edited for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences]

The American Intellectual Tradition: A Source Book (Oxford University Press, 6th ed., 2011) [co-edited with Charles Capper]

Postethnic America: Beyond Multiculturalism (Basic Books, 1995; paperback edition, Basic Books, 1996; Fifth Anniversary Edition with "Postscript 2000," 2000, Japanese translation by Fumiko Fujita, (Akashi Press, Tokyo, 2002); Tenth Anniversary Edition with "Postscript 2005," 2006).

Reappraising Oppenheimer: Centennial Studies and Reflections (Berkeley, 2005) [co-edited with Cathryn Carson]

Science, Jews, and Secular Culture: Studies in Mid-Twentieth Century American Intellectual History (Princeton University Press, 1996; paperback edition 1999)

In the American Province: Studies in the History and Historiography of Ideas (Indiana University Press, 1985, paperback edition, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989)

Morris R. Cohen and the Scientific Ideal (MIT Press, 1975)

Recent (since 2011) Articles

"The Concept of Post-Racial: How Its Easy Dismissal Obscures Important Questions,"Daedalus (Winter, 2011), 174-182.

"The MVHR, the JAH, and Intellectual History: From the Margins and the Mainstream," in Richard Kirkendall, ed., One Hundred Years of Scholarly Journals of the Organization of American Historians (New York, 2011), 146-154.

"The Unity of Knowledge and the Diversity of Knowers: Science as an Agent of Cultural Integration in the United States Between the Two World Wars," Pacific Historical Review (2011), 211-230.

"After Cloven Tongues of Fire: Ecumenical Protestantism and the Modern American Encounter with Diversity," Journal of American History (June 2011), 21-48.

"The Wrong Question! Please Change the Subject!" Fides et Historia (fall 2011), 34-37.

"What is Our Canon? How American Intellectual Historians Debate the Core of Their Field," Modern Intellectual History (April 2012), 185-200.

"The Accommodation of Protestant Christianity with the Enlightenment," Daedalus (winter 2012), 76-88.

"Religious Liberalism and Ecumenical Self-Interrogation," in Leigh Schmidt and Sally Promey, eds., American Religious Liberalism (Indiana University Press, 2012), 374-387.

"William James, Ecumenical Protestantism, and the Dynamics of Secularization,” in Martin Halliwell, ed., William James and Religion (Oxford, 2014).

“Christianity and Its American Fate: Where History Interrogates Secularization Theory,” in Joel Isaac, et al., eds., The Worlds of American Intellectual History (Oxford University Press, 2016). 


Member of American Philosophical Society and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, and Harmsworth Professor of the University of Oxford. Past President (2010-2011) Organization of American Historians.

Born April 25, 1941 (Chicago, Illinois)