Mark David Hall

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Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics
Faculty Fellow, William Penn Honors Program
Box 6092

Mark David Hall has been at George Fox since 2001. He received a BA in political science from Wheaton College and a PhD in political science from the University of Virginia. 

Mark’s primary research and writing interests are American political theory and the relationship between religion and politics. He has written or co-edited The Political and Legal Philosophy of James Wilson, 1742-1798 (1997); The Founders on God and Government (2004); Collected Works of James Wilson 2 vol. (2007); The Forgotten Founders on Religion and Public Life (2009); The Sacred Rights of Conscience: Selected Readings on Religious Liberty and Church-State Relations in the American Founding (2009); America’s Forgotten Founders (2011), and Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic (Oxford University Press, 2013).

He has also written more than 50 journal articles, book chapters, reviews and sundry pieces. He is currently co-editing Faith and the Founders of the American Republic (Oxford University Press) and co-authoring a book tentatively titled America’s “Godless” Constitution, Deist Founders, and other Myths About Religion and the American Founding

Mark also serves as a Senior Fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for the Studies of Religion.

Mark is listed in Wikipedia and is recognized as an expert on church-state relations by Christians in Political Science and ReligionLink. He is currently president of the national organization Christians in Political Science and serves on the Board of Veritas Christian School.

Professor Hall is available for public speaking on the following topics:

  • "Did America Have a Christian Founding?"
  • "Jeffersonian Walls and Madisonian Lines: The Supreme Court's Use of History and the First Amendment's Religion Clauses"
  • "The Old Puritan and a New Nation: Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic"
  • "Distorted Realitites: Faith and the Founders of the American Republic"

Mark offered a lecture at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., entitled "Did America have a Christian Founding?"

Mark teaches the following courses:

Introduction to Political Science
American Government
American Political Theory
Civil Rights and Liberties
Constitutional Law: Issues of National Power
Christianity and Politics in America
Introduction to Political Philosophy
Senior Seminar
First Year Seminar