Mark David Hall

Mark Hall

Mark Hall, PhD

Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics

Faculty Fellow, William Penn Honors Program



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 following publications:

  • 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)
  • Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic (Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • Faith and the Founders of the American Republic (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • Collected Works of Roger Sherman (Liberty Fund Press, 2016)

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

In addition to teaching at George Fox University, Mark is Associated Faculty at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, Senior Fellow at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion, and an Affiliate Scholar at the John Jay Institute. As well, he contributes regularly to the blogs Law and Liberty and Learn Liberty.

Mark is listed in Wikipedia and is recognized as an expert on church-state relations by Christians in Political Science and ReligionLink. He is also 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"
  • "Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic"
  • "Distorted Realities: Faith and the Founders of the American Republic"
  • "Religious Liberty and Same-Sex Wedding Ceremonies: Historic Precedents, Future Possibilities"
  • "Why Tolerate Religion? The Rise and Fall of Religious Liberty in America"

Mark gave a talk at a religious liberty conference in October 2016: "History Lesson: Founders, Intent, & Foundation of Religious Liberty," Plenary Address at the Pensmore National Symposium on Religious Liberty.

Mark offered a lecture at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., entitled "Did America have a Christian Founding?" and has published "Religious Accommodations and the Common Good" with this organization.

Mark has created a web page of religious liberty resources for Christian churches, schools, and other Christian ministries.

Mark teaches the following courses: