Randall J. Stephens

Associate Professor and Reader in History and American Studies, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Randall J. Stephens is an Associate Professor and Reader in History and American Studies at Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne. He is the author of The Fire Spreads: Holiness and Pentecostalism in the American South (Harvard University Press, 2008) and The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age, co-authored with Karl Giberson (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011). He is currently completing a book on religion and rock music for Harvard University Press.

In spring 2012 Randall was a Fulbright Roving Scholar in American Studies in Norway. He has also written for the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Independent, the Atlantic blog, Salon, and the Christian Century. Follow him on Twitter: @Randall_Stps.

Experience

  • 2012–present
    Reader in History and American Studies, Northumbria University

Education

  • 2003 
    University of Florida, PhD in History

Publications

  • 2016
    “‘Religious Liberty’ and the Origins of the Evangelical Persecution Complex", Religion Dispatches
  • 2016
    “‘It has to come from the hearts of the people’: Evangelicals, Fundamentalists, Race, and the 1964 Civil Rights Act", Journal of American Studies
  • 2016
    “‘Where else did they copy their styles but from church groups?’ Rock ‘n’ Roll and Pentecostalism in the 1950s South", Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture
  • 2015
    “From Abolitionists to Fundamentalists: The Transformation of the Wesleyan Methodists in the 19th and 20th Centuries” , American Nineteenth Century History
  • 2015
    “Bertram Wyatt-Brown as Scholar and Mentor", Georgia Historical Quarterly
  • 2015
    “Understanding the Prosperity Gospel” , Fides et Historia
  • 2013
    “High Holy Rollers", Wilson Quarterly
  • 2012
    Bibliographic editor, The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History, (Columbia University Press)
  • 2011
    The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age, co-authored with Karl Giberson, (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)
  • 2011
    “‘Ohio villains’ and ‘pretenders to new revelations’: Wesleyan Abolitionists in North Carolina and Virginia, 1847-1857”, Southern Character: Essays in Honor of Bertram Wyatt-Brown (University Press of Florida)
  • 2010
    “The Holiness/Pentecostal/Charismatic Extension of the Wesleyan Tradition” , in The Cambridge Companion to John Wesley (Cambridge University Press)
  • 2009
    Editor, Recent Themes in American Religious History, (University of South Carolina Press)
  • 2009
    Sam Jones’ Own Book, 1886. With a New Introduction by Randall J. Stephens. Southern Classics Series, (University of South Carolina Press)
  • 2008
    The Fire Spreads: Holiness and Pentecostalism in the American South , (Harvard University Press)
  • 2008
    “Interpreting American Pentecostal Origins: Retrospect and Prospect”, in Interpreting Denominational History: Perspectives on the Past, Prospects for the Future
  • 2008
    “Pentecost for the Southland” , Historically Speaking
  • 2008
    “‘There is Magic in Print’: The Holiness Pentecostal Press and the Origins of Southern Pentecostalism”, in Southern Crossroads: Perspectives on Southern Religion and Culture (University of Kentucky Press)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2012
    Fulbright Fellowship, Norway
    Role:
    Roving Scholar
    Funding Source:
    Fulbright Commission

Honours

Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, 2013-2019