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Mark Noll, Ph.D.

Mark Noll

Professor of History Emeritus
On Faculty from 1976 to 2006


Dr. Noll served jointly in Wheaton’s History Department and the School of Biblical and Theological Studies. For Wheaton’s graduate programs, he offered advanced courses in American church history, the Reformation, and recent world Christianity. He studied at Wheaton College (class of 1968), the University of Iowa, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Vanderbilt University.

In 2006 Noll ended 27 years of service to Wheaton as McManis Professor of Christian Thought. While at Wheaton, Noll also co-founded (with Nathan Hatch) the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals. In 1994, he co-signed Evangelicals and Catholics Together, an ecumenical document that expressed the need for greater cooperation between Evangelical and Catholic leaders in the United States.

In June 2016 Noll retired after teaching ten years at the University of Notre Dame as the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History. At Notre Dame, he had replaced George Marsden who held this chair before his retirement. Noll is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; in 2006 he received the National Endowment for the Humanities medal at a White House ceremony.

A prolific author, Noll’s publications cover a wide range of topics of interest to evangelicalism.  Among his recent books: In the Beginning Was the Word:  The Bible in American Public Life, 1492-1783 (2015); From Every Tribe and Nation: A Historian’s Discovery of the Global Christian Story (2014);

Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind (2011); Protestantism--A Very Short Introduction (2011); The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith (2009); God and Race in American Politics: A Short History (2008); The Civil War as a Theological Crisis (2006); America's God, from Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln (2002); and as co-editor, Religion and American Politics: From the Colonial Period to the Present, (2007).

Today Mark resides in S. Bend, Indiana, with his wife Maggie, Wheaton class of 1969