Director, Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity
B.A., History, Calvin College
M.A., History, Johns Hopkins University
Ph.D., History, Johns Hopkins University
Research and professional interests
Prof. Carpenter has a longstanding interest in American religious and cultural history, but he has been working lately in the history of Christianity in Africa and Asia. He also writes about Christianity in higher education.
Prof. Carpenter is working with the officers of the John Templeton Foundation to develop two grant-making programs for African scholars, in theology and in the social sciences. He met with a team of African scholars in Nairobi in January to sharpen up the design of this program. Two of his co-edited books came out in print this past year: Christian Higher Education: A Global Reconnaissance (Eerdmans, 2014), and Christianity and Public Life in China: Religion, Society and the Rule of Law (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
Life outside of Calvin College
"My wife and I love to travel, and we are also avid golfers. We have a dog, Mini, who thinks she is a big dog. She has become our personal fitness trainer. We enjoy visiting Chicago, where our daughter, Becky, is a teacher and our son, Andrew, is a draftsman."
Prof. Carpenter is director of the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity, a research and faculty development agency of Calvin College.
See a partial list of Joel Carpenter's publications.