Department of History

Ed Harrell

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Ed Harrell, Professor Emeritus of History.

Ed Harrell, Professor Emeritus, received a B.A. degree from David Lipscomb College in 1954 and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University in 1958 and 1962. He has written seven books on American religious history, including The Churches of Christ in the Twentieth Century: Homer Hailey’s Personal Journey of Faith (University of Alabama Press, 2000), Oral Roberts: An American Life (Indiana University Press, 1985) and Pat Robertson: A Personal, Religious, and Political Portrait (Harper & Row, 1987). He is co-editor of "Minorities in Modern America," a series published by Indiana University Press, and a series entitled "Religion and American Culture" by the University of Alabama Press. He is the author of over fifty articles in scholarly publications. He currently is co-authoring a college-level textbook on American history, Unto a Good Land: A History of the American People (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishers, 2005). His current research interests focus on the history of the modern Pentecostal and charismatic movements and other primitivist religious movements in America.

Professor Harrell has won a number of professional honors and awards. He was a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Allahabad, India and has twice been a Resident Fellow of the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, St. John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota. In 1995 Harrell completed a two-year appointment as Director of the American Studies Research Centre in Hyderabad, India. In that position he coordinated more than 100 international conferences on American society and received a citation from Ambassador Frank G. Wisner for "his outstanding contribution to strengthening scholarly understanding of the United States in India."

Recognized as an authority on religion and politics in America, Professor Harrell has appeared on network television news programs such as Good Morning America, Nightline, CBS News, NBC News, and CNN News, and has been quoted in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, The Economist, and The Nation.

Last Updated: May 23, 2019