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John Fea
Professor of American History
Chair, History Department
Messiah College
1 College Avenue
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
717-766-2511 x2253
jfea@messiah.edu



BIOGRAPHY

I was born and raised in Morris County, New Jersey (Montville/Boonton area) and graduated from Montville Township High School (I was elected to the MTHS Hall of Fame in 2010).  I received my Ph.D in American history from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1999.

Before arriving at Messiah College, I taught for two years in the history department and honors college at Valparaiso University as a Lilly Fellow in the Humanities and the Arts.

My teaching and scholarly interests center on early American and American religious history.  I regularly teach courses in colonial America, the American Revolution, the early American republic, the Civil War, the history of American Evangelicalism, Pennsylvania History, and the teaching of history.

My book Was America Founded as a Christian Nation: A Historical Introduction (Westminster/John Knox Press, 2011) was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title, Religion Book of the Year (Gold Medalist) by the Association of Independent Publishers, and was one of three finalists for the prestigious George Washington Book Prize, one of the largest literary prizes in the United States.  The book explores the relationship between religion and the American founding.

I am also interested in the relationship between faith and academic life.  In 2010 I co-edited (with Jay Green and Eric Miller) Confessing History: Explorations in Christian Faith and the Historian's Vocation. (Notre Dame University Press).  This book was one of three finalists for the Lilly Fellows Book Award.  My book Why Study History?: Reflecting on the Importance of the Past is an introduction to the field for beginning history students.  It was published with Baker Academic in Fall 2013.

My first book was The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightenment in Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008, paperback 2009).  It examines the relationship between Calvinism, the Enlightenment, cosmopolitanism, and local attachments through the prolific private writings of New Jersey diarist, Presbyterian minister, and Revolutionary War chaplain, Philip Vickers Fithian.  The book was award the non-fiction academic book of the year by the New Jersey Academic Studies Alliance and an Honor Book (1 of 3) by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

I am currently working on a history of the American Bible Society tentatively entitled The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society to be published in May 2016 with Oxford University Press.


SELECT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 
  • Chair, Department of History, Messiah College, 2010- 
  • Professor of American History, 2013-
  • Associate Professor of American History, Messiah College, 2007-2013
  • Assistant Professor of American History, Messiah College, 2002- 
  • Lecturer and Lilly Fellow in the Humanities and the Arts, Department of History, Valparaiso University, 2000-2002
  • Lecturer, Christ College (Interdisciplinary Honors College of Valparaiso University), 2000-2002
  • Adjunct Instructor, SUNY-Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, 1995-1999
  • Instructor in Advanced Placement United States History, The Stony Brook School, Stony Book, NY, 1999-2000.
SELECT HONORS, GRANTS, AWARDS
  • Sabbatical Leave, Messiah College, 2015-2016 academic year
  • Grant, New Jersey Historical Commission for work on the American Revolution in New Jersey, 2014
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians, 2013--
  • Grant, New Jersey Historical Commission for work on the James Caldwell Project (in conjunction with First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, NJ), 2013
  • Messiah College Scholarship Grant, 2012-2013
  • Finalist (1 of 3), George Washington Book Prize for Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction, 2012
  • Gold Medalist, American Library Association Religion Book of the Year for Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction, 2011
  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title for Was America Founded as a Christian Nation: A Historical Introduction, 2011
  • Finalist, Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts Book Award for Confessing History: Explorations in Christian Faith and the Historian's Vocation, 2011
  •  Grant, New Jersey Historical Commission to fund The Greenwich Tea Burning Project, 2011.
  • Montville High School (NJ) Hall of Fame, Inducted in October 2010.
  • Messiah College Scholarship Grant, 2010-2011
  • Non-Fiction Book of the Year, New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance for The Way of Improvement Leads Home, 2009.
  •  New Jersey Council for the Humanities Honor Book (1 of 3) for The Way of Improvement Leads Home, 2009.
  • Louisville Institute for the Study of Religion, Summer Stipend, 2009.
  • Smith Fellow, New Jersey Historical Commission, 2007-2008.
  • Pennsylvania Commonwealth Speaker, 2006-2008
  • Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, 2003.
  • Research Grant, Spencer Foundation, 2003.
  • Alfred F. Driscoll Prize presented by the New Jersey Historical Commission to the best dissertation in New Jersey history, 2002.
  • Morgan Fellow in the History of the Book, Library Company of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA (declined).
  • Colonial Society of Pennsylvania Essay Prize for "A Rural Enlightenment: Presbyterian Community in Eighteenth-Century New Jersey," 2001.
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, Valparaiso University, 2000-2002.
  • Dissertation Fellow, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 1998-1999.
  • Hugh Cleland Award for Innovative Teaching, Department of History, SUNY-Stony Brook, 1997-1998.
  • Dissertation Research Grant, New Jersey Historical Commission, 1997-1998.
  • Visiting Dissertation Fellow, Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies, 1997-1998.
SELECT PUBLICATIONS
Books:
Scholarly Articles:
  • “In Search of Unity: Presbyterians in the Wake of the First Great Awakening.”  Journal of Presbyterian History (Fall/Winter 2008).
  •   “The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian’s Rural Enlightenment.” Chosen for the Journal of American History  “Teaching the JAH” web project for United States history teachers
  • “The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian’s Rural Enlightenment,” The Journal of American History (September 2003).
  •  ‘The Chosen People of God’: Presbyterians and Jeffersonian Republicanism in the New Jersey Countryside.”  American Nineteenth Century History 2 (Autumn 2001), 1-28. **Article nominated for the Woodrow Wilson Prize, Presbyterian Historical Society
  • “Ethnicity and Congregational Life in an Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia Hinterland: The Swedish Lutherans of New Jersey.”  Explorations in Early American Culture 68 (December 2001).
  • “Wheelock’s World: Letters, Communication and Evangelical Community in Great Awakening New England, Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society. Vol. 109:2.  **Article nominated for the Homer Babbidge Prize, Historical Society of Connecticut
  • “Samuel Finley Versus Abel Morgan: Revivalism, Ethnicity, and Denominational Identity in Colonial New Jersey,” New Jersey History. 117:3-4 (Fall/Winter 1999).
  • “An Analysis of the Treatment of American Fundamentalism in United States History Survey Texts,” The History Teacher (February 1995).
  • “The Town That Billy Sunday Could Not Shut Down: Prohibition and the Sunday 1918 Chicago Crusade,” Illinois Historical Journal 87 (Winter 1994).
  • “Carl McIntire: From Fundamentalist Presbyterian to Presbyterian Fundamentalist,” American Presbyterians: The Journal of Presbyterian History 72 (Winter 1994).
Essays in Edited Collections:
  • "Protestants in America," Oxford Online Research Encyclopedia in American History, ed. Jon Butler, forthcoming.
  • "Does America Have a Biblical Heritage?," in The Bible in the Public Square, ed. Carol Meyers, Eric Meyers, and Mark Chancey, Society for Biblical Literature,  2014.
  • "America: A Christian or Secular Nation?" in Secularism on the Edge, ed. Jacques Berlinerblau, Palgrave Macmillan Publishers, 2014.
  • “John Adams and Religion,” in Blackwell Companion to John Adams, ed. David Waldstreicher, Blackwell Publishers, 2013
  • “New Jersey and the American Revolution,” in A New History of the Garden State, ed. Maxine Lurie and Richard Veit, Rutgers University Press, 2012.
  • “Benjamin Franklin and Religion” in Blackwell Companion to Benjamin Franklin, ed. David Waldstreicher, Blackwell Publishers, 2011.
  • “Worshipping with "Christian America":  A Historian's Search for a Spiritual Home in Mainstream Evangelicalism,” in For the Whole of Creation, ed. James Old and John Steven Paul, Valparaiso University Press, 2010.
  • “Intellectual Hospitality as Historical Method: Moving Beyond the Activist Impulse,” in The Activist Impulse:Exploring the Intersection of Anabaptism and Evangelicalism ed. Jared Burkholder (Cascade Books, forthcoming).
  • “Coming to Terms With Lincoln: Christian Faith and Moral Reflection in the History Classroom,” in Confessing History: Explorations in Christian Faith and the Historian’s Vocation ed. John Fea, Jay Green, Eric Miller (Forthcoming, University of Notre Dame Press, 2010)
 Articles and Essays for a General Audience:
Encyclopedia Articles:

Dictionary of Early American Philosophy, Dictionary of Virginia Biography, Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment, Encyclopedia of the New Nation, The Encyclopedia of New Jersey, The New Dictionary of National Biography; American National Biography, The Historic Dictionary of the Modern Olympic Games, Encyclopedia USA, Encyclopedia of Sport in American Culture. 

Book Reviews:

H-Net, Christian Scholars Review, The Christian Century, Journal of American History, American Historical Review, New Jersey History, Fides et Historia, Journal of the Early Republic, William and Mary Quarterly, Journal of Presbyterian History, Religious Studies Review, Journal of Southern History, Methodist History, Books & Culture


ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS, PUBLIC LECTURES, and SESSIONS CHAIRED

  • "Was America Founded as a Christian Nation," Christian Scholars Series, Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church, Elizabethtown, PA, November 30, 2014
  • "New Jersey's Presbyterian Revolution," Keynote Address, New Jersey Forum, Monmouth College, November 22, 2014
  • "The American Bible Society and the Origins of Christian Nationalism," Public lecture, Southern Methodist University, October 9, 2014
  • "Recovering the Founders Vision of Religious Freedom," 9/11 Interfaith Remembrance, St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Harrisburg, PA, September 14, 2014
  • "The Paxton Riots as a Presbyterian Event," Adult Forum, Derry Presbyterian Church, Hershey, PA, May 4, 2014.
  • Panelist, "Is Blogging Scholarship?"  Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Atlanta,GA, April 10-13, 2014
  • "Pennsylvania Presbyterians in the American Revolution," Public lecture, Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA, April 3, 2014
  • "The Complicated Relationship Between Christianity and American Nationalism,"" Messiah College Religion and Society Lecture, Grantham, PA, February 25, 2014.
  • "God's Historian: David Barton and American Christian Nationalism," Columbia University Religion in America Seminar, New York, NY, February 18, 2014.
  • Commentator for session "Reimagining the Practice of History."  Conference on Faith and History Session at American Historical Society Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., January 4, 2013.
  • "The Triumph of the Old Side."  American Society of Church History Winter Meeting, Washington D.C., January 3, 2013
  • "The Paxton Riots as a Presbyterian Event."  Paxton Boys Conference, Lancaster, PA, December 13-14, 2013.
  • "Presbyterians and the American Revolution."  Mary Tanner Lecture, Lawrence Township Historical Society, Lawrence, NJ, October 13, 2013.
  • "Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?"  Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MD, October 1, 2013.
  • "Religion and the American Founding."  Constitution Day Lecture, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mt. Vernon, OH, September 17, 2013.
  • "Religion and the American Founding."  North Oaks Baptist Church, Spring,Texas, June 29, 2013.
  • "Religion and the American Founding."  Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary--Darrington Prison Extension, June 28, 2013.
  • "How Christian an Understanding?" Newport Historical Society "Spectacle of Toleration" Program, Newport, R.I., June 21, 2013.
  • "Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?" Messiah College Alumni Salon, Lancaster, PA, April 25, 2013
  • "Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?"  Public Phi Beta Kappa Lecture, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, April 2, 2013
  • "Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?," public lecture, Ye Olde Sulphur Springs Historical Society, York Springs, PA, March 18, 2013
  • "George Washington, Religion, and the American Revolution," public lecture at George Washington Masonic Memorial, Alexandria, VA, Feb. 22, 2013.
  • Public Interview on the Christianity and the American Founding, Conference on Secularism in the France, Israel, and the United States, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., February 20, 2013.
  • "Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?" public lecture at Marietta College, Marietta, OH, January 23, 2013
  • Chair and Comment on Session, "Religion, Presidential Elections, and Public Philosophies," U.S. Intellectual History Conference, November 2, 2012. (Conference canceled due to hurricane Sandy).
  • "Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?"  Three part Adult Forum course, Gettysburg Presbyterian Church, September 16, 23, 30, 2012.
  •  "Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?," Ecumenical Institute, University of Baltimore, October 23, 2012.
  • "Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?" Covenant College, October 10, 2012.
  • “Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?,” LeRoy Martin Distinguished Lecture, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, October 9, 2012.
  • “America’s Biblical Heritage,” Plenary address, “The Bible and the Public Square Conference, Duke University, September 9-10, 2012. 
  • "History and a Civil Society," Public lecture at St. Peter's United Methodist Church, Ocean City, NJ, July 7, 2012.
  • Chair,  “American Religious History and Public Imagination,” Annual Meeting of The Historical Society, Columbia, SC, June 1, 2012.
  • Roundtable Discussion on “The Perils and Promise of Popular History in a Digital Age,” Annual Meeting of The Historical Society, Columbia, SC, June 1, 2012.
  • Featured Book: Was America Founded as a Christian Nation, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism Seminar on American Religion, University of Notre Dame, April 14, 2012.
  • “Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?” Public Lecture, Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL, March 29, 2011.
  • “Presbyterians and the American Revolution,” Public lecture, Derry Presbyterian Church, Hershey, PA, February 12, 2012.
  • “Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?”  Jefferson Lecture on Religious Freedom, Mary Washington University, January 26, 2011.
  • “Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?,” Grove City College, Grove City, PA, January 31, 2012.
  • “History and Civil Society,” Grove City College, Grove City, PA, January 31, 2012.
  • Chair and Commentator, “Religious Networks, Alliance, and Friendship in the Early Modern Atlantic World,” Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Chicago, IL, January 7, 2012.
  • “William Penn and Pennsylvania’s Legacy of Religious Pluralism,” Public lecture, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA, November 17, 2011.
  • “The Founding Fathers and the ‘Separation of Church and State’,” David Library of the American Revolution, November 3, 2011.
  • “Humanities, Virtue, and Vocation,” Lecture to the Messiah College Board of Trustees,” October 13, 2011.
  • “The History of Evangelical Engagement in the Public Square,” Keynote Address, Catholics and Evangelicals for the Common Good Conference, Georgetown University, September 30, 2011.
  • “The Religious Beliefs of the Founding Fathers,” Fort Ticonderoga American Revolution Seminar, Ticonderoga, NY, September 23-24, 2011.
  • Constitutional Day Lecturer, Grace College, Winona Lake, IN, September 20, 2011.
  • Chair and Comment, “Home Missions, Anti-Missions, and the Political Culture of the Early Republic,” Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of the Early American Republic, Philadelphia, July 14-17, 2011.
  • “Colonial Presbyterianism in the Shenandoah Valley,” Opequon Presbyterian Church, Winchester, VA, April 9, 2011.
  • “A Presbyterian Rebellion: The American Revolution in the Mid-Atlantic,” Early American History Workshop, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, March 30, 2011.
  • “Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?,” Invited Lecture, MacLaurin Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, March 31, 2011.
  • “Moral Inquiry and the Study of the Past,” Invited Lecture, Center for Applied Ethics, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, March 28, 2011.
  • “The Religious Beliefs of the Founding Fathers,” Public Lecture, Caldwell College, Caldwell, NJ, March 9, 2011.
  • “Confessing History: Christian Faith and the Historian’s Vocation,” Confessing History Symposium, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL, January 24, 2011.
  • History Workshop, Jubilee Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, February 19-20, 2011.
  • Session Chair, “New Jersey and the American Revolution,” New Jersey Forum, Monmouth University, Monmouth, NJ, November 20, 2010.
  • “Does the Way of Improvement Lead Home?: Cosmopolitan Rootedness and the
    Church-Related Academy” Plenary Lecture, Lilly Fellows in Arts and Humanities Reunion Conference, Valparaiso University, October 14, 2010
  • “Interview on Pennsylvania Budget Cuts to History,” WITF Smart Talk, Harrisburg, PA.
  • Panelist, “American Methodism,” Bethany Village Venture Series, Mechanicsburg, PA, March 13, 2010
  • “The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers and the Rural Enlightenment,” Presidential Scholars Lecture, Seton Hall University, March 15, 2010
  • “Teaching John Henry Newman’s “What is a University,” CORE Faculty Orientation, Messiah College, January 30, 2010.
  •  “The Coming of the American Revolution,” Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History Junior Historians Forum,. Huntsville, AL, October 28, 2009.
  • “Women and Children in Colonial America,” Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Junior Historians Forum, Milwaukee, WI, October 13, 2009.
  • “Did George Washington Chop Down the Cherry Tree?” Bethany Village Venture Series, Mechanicsburg, PA, October 8, 2009.
  • “Christianity and the American Revolution,” Fort Ticonderoga Revolutionary War Seminar, Ft. Ticonderoga, NY, September 25-27.
  • Three-day seminar, “Exploring the Roots of American Evangelicalism,” Faith Evangelical Free Church, Fort Collins, CO, July 10-11, 2009.
  • Panelist, Abraham Lincoln and American Democracy,” Messiah College American Democracy Lecture, Grantham, PA, April 21, 2009.
  • Panelist, “Assessing Thomas Kidd’s The Great Awakening,” Plenary session, Christianity and American History Conference, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA, April 18, 2009.
  • “Towards a Social History of Religion and the Enlightenment in Early America,” Plenary Address, Christianity and American History Conference, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA, April 17, 2009.
  • “Presbyterians in Love: Courtship, Marriage, and the American Revolution,” Pennsylvania Commonwealth Speaker, Clinton County Historical Society, March 15, 2009.
  •  “Born-Again History and the Coming of the American Revolution: A Reconsideration,” Public Lecture, Syracuse University, Department of History,  Feb. 10, 2009.
  • “Colonial America on the Eve of the American Revolution,” Public Lecture, Eastern University, Philadelphia, PA, February 4, 2009.
  • “Presbyterians in Love: Courtship, Marriage, and the American Revolution,” Pennsylvania Commonwealth Speaker, Green Ridge Village, January 9, 2009.
  • “Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?,” Pathways Institute, Messiah Village, Mechanicsburg, PA, November 18, 2009.
  • “Presbyterians in Love:  Courtship, Marriage, and the American Revolution,” Plenary Speaker, Annual Meeting of the Cumberland County  Historical Society, Greenwich, NJ, November 15, 2008.
  • “The History of the United States Constitution,” Gilder-Lehrman Institute Junior Historians Forum, Minneapolis, MN, November 5, 2008.
  • “Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?”  Pennsylvania Commonwealth Talk at the Coatesville Senior Center, Coatesville, PA, October 14, 2008.
  • “A Short History of Religion and Politics in America,” Bethany Village Venture Series Presentation, Mechanicsburg, PA,  October 2, 2008.
  • “From Farmer to Revolutionary: The Story of Philip Vickers Fithian,” Plenary Address, Friends of the Murray Library Annual Dinner, Grantham, PA, September 25, 2008.
  • “Microhistory,” as part of a panel entitled “Reflections on the State of Early American History,” Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith and History, Bluffton, OH, Sept. 19, 2008.
  • “Patriots in Love: Courtship, Marriage, and the American Revolution,” Mechanicsburg Museum Association, August 20, 2008.
  • “Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?”  Pennsylvania Commonwealth Talk at the Upper St. Clair Library, Upper St. Clair, PA., June 12, 2008.
  • “Worshipping with ‘Christian America: A Historian’s Search for a Home in Mainstream Evangelicalism,” Lilly Fellows Reunion Conference, Indianapolis, June 10, 2007.
  • “Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?”  Pennsylvania Commonwealth Talk at the David Library of the American Revolution, Washington Crossing, PA, April 2007.
  • “Globalization: The View from Eighteenth-Century America.”  Messiah College Humanities Symposium, February 2007.
  • “An Ambition for ‘Great and Noble Things’: Philip Vickers Fithian’s Rise from South Jersey Farmer to Citizen of the World.” Historical Society of Pennsylvania “Extreme Makeovers in the Mid-Atlantic” Conference, November 4, 2006.
  • “Remembering the Greenwich Tea Party: History and Memory in a South Jersey Community.” 1st Annual New Jersey Forum, November 18, 2006, Trenton, New Jersey
  • Panelist and Discussant, “"The Education of Historians for the Twenty-first Century.”  Conference on Faith and History Biennial Meeting, Sept. 20-23, 2006, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • “Abraham Lincoln and American Nationalism.”  Public lecture at Bethany Village Retirement Home’s “Venture Series,” October 19, 2006
  • “Colonial America: The State of the Field.”  Advanced Placement United States History Reading, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, June 5, 2006.
  •   “The Rise of American Individualism.”  Staley Lecture at The Stony Brook School, Stony Brook, New York, April 2006
  • 2005-2007 Pennsylvania Commonwealth Speaker: “Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?
  • “Poor Richard at 300: Thoughts on the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary.”  Public lecture at Bethany Village Retirement Home’s “Venture Series,” Oct. 27, 200
  • “Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?”  Public lecture at Bethany Village Retirement Home “Venture Series”, March 3, 2005.
  •  Respondent, “Pluralism and Nationalism in the Civil Rights Movement.” 2005 Messiah College Spring Humanities Symposium, February 23, 2005.
  • Panel Discussant:  “E Pluribus Unum or The Two Americas.” 2005 Messiah College Spring Humanities Symposium, February 25, 2005.
  • “An Unlikely Academic: Christianity, Class, and the Historian’s Vocation.”  2004-2005 Presidential Scholars Lecture, Messiah College, October 28, 2004
  •  “The Vocation of the Christian Historian.” Keynote Plenary Address, Conference on Faith and History Undergraduate Conference, October 13, 2004, Hope College, Holland, Michigan.
  • “200 Years of Lewis and Clark.”  Public lecture at Bethany Village Retirement Home “Venture Series,” October 7, 2004.
  • “Coming to Terms with Lincoln:  Christian Faith and Moral Reflection in the American History Classroom.”  Faith in the Academy Conference, Messiah College, October 1, 2004.
  • Chair, “African Spirituality,” 2004 Spring Meeting of the American Society of Church History, Harrisburg, PA, April 2004.
  • “The Religious Diversity of the Delaware Valley.” New Sweden History Seminar for Teachers, November 18, 2003, American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia.
  • “The Way of Improvement Leads Home: The Rural Enlightenment in Early America,” Public Lecture, delivered October 28, 2003, Messiah College.
  • Respondent, “The Future Challenges of the American Professorate: Teaching, Scholarship, Civil Engagement.” Boyer Hall Dedication Symposium, Messiah College, October 17, 2003.
  • “The Carlisle Indian Congress of 1753 and the Anglican Mission to the Pennsylvania Frontier.”  Public Lecture at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Carlisle, PA, October 12, 2003.
  • Chair and Commentator, “Ethnic Choices and Conflicts in Mid-Atlantic Society and Culture.” 2003 Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Historical Association, Harrisburg, PA, October, 2003.
  • Keynote Speaker, “Stepping Stones: Considering What Has Shaped Us.” Lilly Fellows Program in Arts and Humanities Undergraduate Conference, Holy Cross College, September 2003.
  • Invited panelist, "Piety, Politics, and Public Houses: Churches, Taverns, and Revolutions in New Jersey."  Conference held in conjunction with the opening of a museum exhibit by the same name. New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, March 2003
  • Session Chair and Panel Moderator, “Treading on Sacred Ground: Professional Historians and the Writing of Contemporary Religious History.”  Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith and History, Huntington, IN, October, 2002  
  • Session Chair and Commentator, “Ideology and Religion in the Age of the American Revolution.”  Bi-Annual Student Research Conference of the Conference on Faith and History, Huntington, IN, October, 2002 
  • Respondent, Catholic Studies Seminar, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism.  Responded to Jason Duncan’s paper “The Great Chain of National Union: Catholics and the Republican Triumph in the Early Republic,” Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, IN, March 2002 
  • “Churches, Revivalism, and the Ubiquitarian Nature of Protestantism in Early New Jersey.” Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Washington, D.C., April 2002 
  • “Toqueville’s Historical Context.”  Plenary lecture to Christ Honors College freshman program, Valparaiso University, February, 2002 
  • “Beyond Denominationalism: Religious Frontiers in Early America.” Annual Meeting of the American Society of Church History, San Francisco, January, 2002 
  • “Swedish Lutheranism and Protestant Diversity in the 18th-Century Delaware Valley.” First Annual New Sweden Conference, American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia, PA, November 2001 
  • “The Making of an Orthodox Quaker: Reading and Religious Practice in the Philadelphia Hinterland, 1800-1815.”  Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Historical Association, Johnstown, PA, October, 2001
  •   “Cultivating Seeds: Quaker Faith and Agricultural Practice in the Early American Republic.” Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of the Early American Republic, Baltimore, MD, July 2001 
  • “Confessions of the Pile-man: Work and the Scholarly Task of the Christian Historian,” Lilly Fellows Colloquium, Valparaiso University, April, 2001. 
  • Series of Special Lectures on “American Presbyterians.” Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO, March, 2001 
  • “Caught in a Civil War: A Swedish Lutheran Clergyman and the American Revolution in the Delaware Valley. “History at the Grassroots: Local History and its Audiences,” Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, October 2000
  • “Presbyterian Sociability and the Moral Improvement of the Delaware Valley Countryside, 1765-1775.” 2000 Deerfield/Wellesley Symposium on American Culture: The Pursuit of Refinement in America,” Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, Massachusetts, November 2000. 
  •  “The ‘Ubiquitarians’ of West Jersey: Rural Protestantism and the Problem of Denominational Order in the Early Delaware Valley.” Winter Meeting of American Society of Church History, Chicago, January 2000
  •   “A Rural Enlightenment: Presbyterian Community in Eighteenth-Century Southern New Jersey.” McNeil Center for Early American Studies Seminar, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, November 1999. 
  •  Session Chair: “Communicating Across the Cultural Divide.” Speaking in Signs: Cultures of Communication in the Early Modern Americas, Graduate Student Conference, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, September 1999 
  • “Cultivating Seeds: Agriculture and the Religious World of a Quaker Yeoman in the Early Republic.” Works in Progress Brown Bag Seminar, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, November 1998.” 
  •  “The Rural Enlightenment of Philip Vickers Fithian.” 4th Annual Conference of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Worcester, MA, June 1998
  •  “Rethinking a Classic Source of Plantation Virginia: A Note on Morals, Sociability, and Reading in the Writings of Philip Vickers Fithian.” Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, March 1998. 
  •  “Wheelock’s World: Communication, Community, and Evangelical Revival in Eighteenth Century New England,” Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Indianapolis, April 1998 
  • “ ‘Sober, Uniform in Manner, and Every Way So Religious’: Presbyterian Community in Rural Southern New Jersey, 1740-1800.” Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Historical Association Philadelphia, November 1997. 
  •  “Historiographical Resources for AP US History Teachers,” Advanced Placement United States History Teachers Seminar, June 1997, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York  
  • “Samuel Finley Versus Abel Morgan: Revivalism, Ethnicity, and an Eighteenth Century Disputation on Baptism in Cape May, New Jersey, 1743. Winter Meeting of the American Society of Church History New York, January, 1997 
  • “Communication, Community and Evangelical Revival: Eleazar Wheelock’s Great Awakening of Letters.”  Annual Conference of the Society for the History of Reading, Authorship, and Printing, Worcester, MA, July 1996.


TEACHER WORKSHOPS
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History Summer Seminar on "The Thirteen Colonies," Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, July 26-August 1, 2015
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History Workshop on Colonial America, Milwaukee Public School District, Milwaukee, WI, November 7-8, 2014
  • Southern Methodist University Center for Presidential Studies Teacher Seminar on Religion and the American founding, Dallas, TX, October 10, 2014
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History Summer Seminar on "The Thirteen Colonies," Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, July 27-Aug. 2, 2014
  • Messiah College Center for Public Humanities Teachers as Scholars Seminar: "New Perspectives on the British-American Colonies," June, 16, 19, 2014
  • "The Religious Beliefs of the Founders," Center for Reflective Citizenship Teachers Workshop, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, November 16, 2013.
  • Messiah College Center for Public Humanities Teachers as Scholars Seminar on Religion and the American Founding Seminar, June 17-19, 2013
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History Workshop on Immigration and American Religious History Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee, WI, April 17, 2013
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History Workshop on Religion in America, Archdiocese of New York Public Schools, Brooklyn, NY, November 30, 2011. 
  •  Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History Workshop on Religion in America, Archdiocese of New York Public Schools, Bronx, NY, November 17, 2011. 
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History/Teaching American History Workshop on the American Enlightenment, Savannah Public Schools, Savannah, GA, November 10, 2011.
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History/Teaching American History Workshops on Protestantism in America and the Enlightenment in America, San Bernardino County Public Schools, San Bernardino, CA, October 6-7, 2011.
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History Workshop on the American Founding, Moore Public Schools, Moore, OK, January 17, 2011.
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History/Teaching American History Workshop on American Colonization, Savannah Public Schools, Savannah, Georgia, November 18, 2010.
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History/Teaching American History Workshop on “American Beginnings,” Palm Beach County Schools, Boca Raton, FL, November 6, 2010.
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History/Teaching American History Workshop on Revolutionary America, Guilford County, North Carolina Schools, New York, NY, July 12, 2010
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History/Teaching American History Workshop on Revolutionary America, Guilford County, North Carolina Schools, New York, NY, July 12, 2010
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History workshop on the American Founding, Raleigh, North Carolina Schools, Raleigh, NC,  August, 3-4, 2010.
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History Workshop on Women and Children in Colonial America, Milwaukee Public Schools, October 14, 2009.
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History Workshop on the Coming of the American Revolution, St. Charles, LA Public Schools, October 7, 2009
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History Workshop on Colonial America, South-Central Mississippi Public Schools, Hattiesburg, MS, June, 2009
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History Workshop on the U.S. Constitution, Diocese of Brooklyn Schools, Brooklyn, NY, May 13, 2009.
  • Messiah College Center for Public Humanities Workshop on Abraham Lincoln and American Nationalism, Grantham, PA, February 2009.
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History Workshop on the Early American Republic, Palm Beach County Schools, Boca Raton, FL, December 2008.
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History Workshop on the U.S. Constitution, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis, MN, November 2008
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History Workshop on Colonial America, Bledsoe County Schools, Pikeville, TN, July 2008.
BOOK TALKS and INTERVIEWS for The Way of Improvement Leads Home
  • Bald Blogging Blog (interview); Bethany Village (Mechanicsburg, PA); Mechanicsburg Public Library (Mechanicsburg, PA); Borders Book Store (Camp Hill, PA); “The Sam Greenfield Show (WVNJ—New York); Central Delmarva Revolutionary War Roundtable (Dover, DE); Montville Township High School (Montville, NJ); Messiah College (Grantham, PA); Elizabethtown Public Library (Elizabethtown, PA); The Paul Edwards Show (WLQV—Detroit); McNeil Center for Early American Studies (Philadelphia, PA); Fort Pitt Museum (Pittsburgh, PA); American Revolutionary Roundtable of Philadelphia (Lafayette Hill, PA); South Jersey Sons of the American Revolution (West Deptford, NJ); David Library of the American Revolution (Washington Crossing, PA); Northumberland Historical Society (Heathsville, VA); First Presbyterian Church (Ocean City, NJ); “Transitions” (NJN Syndicated Radio); “Mornings with Randy” (KBJS—Jacksonville, TX); Historical Society of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA); Mary Ball Washington Museum (Lancaster, VA); Northumberland Public Library (Heathsville, VA); Greenwich Tea Burning Commemoration (Greenwich, NJ); Cold Spring Presbyterian Church (Cape May, NJ); Washington County Public Library (Hagerstown, MD); Fraunces Tavern Museum (New York, NY); Ridgefield Public Library (Ridgefield, NJ); Indian Valley Public Library (Telford, PA); Society of Cincinnati Library (Washington D.C.);  Historical Society of Somerset Hill (Basking Ridge, NJ); Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ); The Hermitage (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ); Westmoreland County Museum (Montross, VA); Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, VA); Bayshore Discovery Project (Port Norris, NJ);  Descendants of the Mayflower Society (Riverton, NJ); Cape May County Library, (Cape May Court House, NJ); Richmond American Revolutionary Roundtable (Richmond, VA); Harrisburg Daughters of the  American Revolution (Camp Hill, PA); York County, PA Sons of the American Revolution; Opequon Presbyterian Church (Winchester, VA); New Cumberland Olde Town Association (New Cumberland, PA); American Revolutionary Roundtable of Bergen County, NJ
BOOK TALKS and INTERVIEWS for Was America Founded as a Christian Nation: A Historical Introduction
  • Bethany Village (Mechanicsburg, PA); Messiah College (Grantham, PA); David Library of the American Revolution (Washington Crossing, PA); Mary Ball Washington Museum (Lancaster, VA); Fraunces Tavern Museum (New York, NY); Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, VA); Richmond American Revolutionary Roundtable (Richmond, VA); Harrisburg Daughters of the  American Revolution (Camp Hill, PA); Sons of the American Revolution (Somers Point, NJ); Chadds Ford Historical Society (Chadds Ford, PA); Virginia Festival of the Book (Charlottesville, VA); Ephrata Cloister (Ephrata, PA); Borders Books (Warrenton, PA); Aaron’s Books (Lititz, PA); Historic Christ Church (Weems, VA); Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, VA); Northern New Jersey Revolutionary War Roundtable (Morristown, NJ); Bent Cover Books (Phoenix, AZ); Border Books (Mesa, AZ); All Saints Episcopalian Church (Phoenix, AZ); East Valley Bible Church (Gilbert, AZ); Borders Books (Flat Iron, CO); St. Peter’s United Methodist Church (Ocean City, NJ); Philadelphia Revolutionary War Roundtable (Ambler, PA); West Shore Evangelical Free Church (Mechanicsburg, PA), WORD-FM (Pittsburgh, PA); Jubilee Conference (Pittsburgh, PA); Paul Edwards Radio Program (WLQV, Detroit); Roland Lettner Program (KFUO, St. Louis); Brian Patrick Program (KNOP, Cincinnati); Doylestown Bookshop (Doylestown, PA); Bob Price Show (WCIK, Bath, NY); The Source with Paul Anderson (Syndicated); AM Ocala Live (Ocala, FL); Morning Show with Bill Meyer (KMED, Medford, OR); Coral Ridge Radio Show, (WAFG, Ft. Lauderdale); Stacy Harp Show (Active Christian Media, syndicated); Religion Tuesday (WDIS, Norfolk, VA); Bob Jones Show (KCTA, Corpus Christi, TX); Bob Dutko Show (WMUZ, Detroit); John McColloch Show (WJR, Detroit); Point of View Talk Show (USA Radio Network); Ken Pittman Show (WBSM, Fairhaven, MA); James Lee Show (KMTH, Portales, NM); Ringside Politics (WGSO, New Orleans); Al Kresta in the Afternoon (Ava Maria Radio—syndicated); Tron Simpson Show (KCMD, Colorado Springs); Nick Reed Show (KSGF, Springfield, MO); First Covenant Church (Minneapolis, MN); City Life Church (St. Paul, MN); Kernstown United Methodist Church (Kernstown, VA); Harrisburg Rotary Club (Harrisburg, PA); Culture Shocks Radio with Barry Lynn (syndicated); Viewpoint Radio (syndicated); Barnes & Noble (Camp Hill, PA); Barnes & Noble (Wilkes-Barre, PA); Willow Grove Presbyterian Church (Scotch Plains, NJ); Encounter Radio (KSIV, St. Louis); Inside Look with Greg Wheatley (Moody Radio, syndicated); The Matter at Hand Show (WGRC, Lewisburg, PA); Live from Seattle (KGNW, Seattle); Research in Religion Podcast (Baylor University); Janet Mefford Show (syndicated); Fairfax Presbyterian Church (Fairfax, VA); Mount Gretna Chautauqua (Mt. Gretna, PA); North Jersey Civil War Roundtable (Morristown, NJ); First Lutheran Church (Carlisle, PA); Derry Presbyterian Church (Hershey, PA); Assembly of God Pastor’s Conference (Springfield, MO via Skype); WFMU Public Radio (New York, NY); St. Peter’s United Methodist Church (Ocean City, NJ); Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Lancaster, PA); Mechanicsburg Rotary Club (Mechanicsburg, PA); United Church of Christ Ministers of Berks County, PA; Goochland Historical Society, (Goochland, VA); York Presbyterian Church (York, PA), National Public Radio, CBN News, Reformed Podcast, Lebanon Valley Brethren Home (Lebanon, PA)
BOOK TALKS and INTERVIEWS for Why Study History: Reflecting on the Importance of the Past
  • Roland Bettner Show (KFUO-St. Louis); "The Morning Ride" (WMBI--Chicago); "Live from Seattle," (KGNW-Seattle, WA); Point of View Radio with Kerby Anderson; Georgene Rice Show (KPDQ-Portland, OR); The Janet Mefferd Show; Bob and Kathy Show (WORD--Pittsburgh); Ken & Deb in the Morning (WDLM-Quad Cities, IL); Chris Fabry Show; The Bob Dutko Show (WMUZ-Detroit); Crosswalk with Gino Geraci (KRKS-Denver)
CONSULTING WORK
  • First Presbyterian Church and Old First Historic Trust, Elizabeth, New Jersey. Year-long research in anticipation of a history and religion museum devoted to the oldest Presbyterian Church in the mid-Atlantic.
  •  American Bible Society. Produced a report on history in the Bible in America and offered guidance and advice for how the Society should approach a nation-wide celebration of the Bible to commemorate its 200th anniversary in 2016.
  • Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.  One of two historians assigned to offer guidance and planning to the state of Pennsylvania as the commonwealth focused its 2012 programming on religion in Pennsylvania
  • Northwestern College, St. Paul, Minnesota. External consultant hired as part of the program review for the Department of History.
  • Marietta College, Marietta, OH. External consultant hired as part of the program review of the Department of History. 
  • Northwestern College, Sioux City, Iowa.  External consultant hired as part of the program review for the Department of History.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY
  • Committee on Marketing and Communication, Organization of American Historians, 2014-
  • Consultant on History Blogging, American Historical Association, 2012-
  • Search Committee, McNeil Center for Early American Studies Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2013-2014.
  • Juror, New Jersey Humanities Council Book Prize, 2012 
  • Selection Committee, Pennypacker Fellowships, Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission, 2012 
  • Grant Reviewer, “Religion and Human Innovation Program,” The Historical Society, 2012 
  • Director and Founder, Greenwich Tea Burning Public History Project. 2009- 
  • Executive Board, Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, 2011-2015. 
  • Juror, Alfred Driscoll Prize, New Jersey Historical Commission, 2010 
  • Editorial Board, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 2011-- 
  • Program Committee, New Jersey Forum, 2010.
  • Editorial Board, Fides et Historia, 2009
  •  Executive Board Member, Conference on Faith and History (2004-2008). 
  • Secondary Teachers Subcommittee, Conference on Faith and History, 2009. 
  • Juror, Lilly Fellows Program in Arts and Humanities Book Award, 2007, 2009 
  •  Selection Committee, McNeil Center for Early American Studies (University of Pennsylvania) Dissertation Fellowship, 2004 
  • Program Co-Chair, Conference on Faith and History 24th Biennial Meeting, “Christian Faith and the Historian’s Vocation.” October 14-16, Hope College, Holland, MI 
  • Program Co-Chair, Conference on Faith and History Undergraduate Conference, October 13-14, Hope College, Holland, MI. 
  •  Faculty Consultant, Advanced Placement United States History, College Board, 2001-2007 
  •  Program Committee, ‘Speaking in Signs’: Communication and Culture in Early America, graduate student conference, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, November 1999 
  • Planning Committee, Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith and History, Huntington College, Fall, 2002  
  • Manuscript Referee, The Journal of American History (4); New Jersey History (4); Fides et Historia (3); Christian Scholars Review; William and Mary Quarterly; Journal of the Early Republic (3); Journal of Religion and Law; Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
  • Textbook/Monograph Referee, Thomson-Wadworth Press; Bedford/St. Martins; Pickering and Chatto; Oxford University Press, Routledge Press; Penn State University Press; University of Alabama Press
  • Planning Committee, Biennial Student Research Conference, Conference of Faith and History, Huntington College, Fall 2002.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
·  American Historical Association
·  Organization of American Historians
·  Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
·  The Historical Society
·  Conference on Faith and History
·  Friends of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies

PERSONAL
·  Born, February 17, 1966, Denville, New Jersey
· Married to Joy (Olson) Fea. Two daughters: Allyson (age 17), Caroline (age 13).

REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
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