David Harrington Watt
U.S. Religious History, U.S. Intellectual History, and U.S. Cultural History.
David Harrington Watt is Professor of History at Temple University, where he is also an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Religion. He received an A.B. ('80) in History from the University of California at Berkeley and Ph.D. ('87) in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University.
Watt's teaching and research focus on the history of religion in the United States. In A Transforming Faith, Watt examined the intellectual history of fundamentalism and evangelicalism in the middle decades of the twentieth century. In Bible-Carrying Christians, he used ethnographic research to rethink the relationship between Bible-carrying Christians and social power in Reagan's America. Watt's current projects are Fundamentalism: Perspectives on a Contested History (which he is co-editing with Simon A. Wood and which is under contract with the University of South Carolina Press) and Anti-fundamentalism (which will be published by Cornell University Press).
Along with Tracy Fessenden and Laura Levitt, Watt edits a book series sponsored by New York University Press: North American Religions.