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 an international team of scholars on a book about Christian higher education worldwide. This past summer he traveled Shanghai and Beijing, China to conduct a seminar on "Religion, Society and the Rule of Law." Last fall he was in Mexico City for an historic meeting of North American and Latin American evangelical historians. This coming spring he will be in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a meeting of African Christian theologians. These projects are all co-sponsored by the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity.
Life outside of Calvin College
"My wife and I love to travel, and we are also avid golfers. We have a dog, Lucy, who has become our personal fitness trainer. We enjoy visiting Chicago, where our daughter, Becky, is a teacher, and our son, Andrew, is in college."
Prof. Carpenter is director of the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity, a research and faculty development agency of Calvin College, and Seminars@Calvin, a national program for Christian faculty development.
See a partial list of Joel Carpenter's publications.