Department of History

ConserBookWalter H. Conser, Jr., Professor of History and Professor of Religion


  • Ph.D., Brown University
  • M.A., Brown University
  • B.A. University of California, Irvine

Academic Interests

During my career I have written a book that dealt with conservative Protestant theologians in Germany, England, and America in the early nineteenth century and another volume that discussed the relationship of religion and science in America before Darwin. More recently, I explored American religion within a regional context through three other volumes. Finally, in co-edited volumes I have examined topics in the intersection of American religion and culture, diversity, and politics. Assorted essays and book chapters over the years have pursued these same trajectories.

Courses Taught

Significant Publications

Southern Crossroads: Perspectives on Religion and Culture, edited with R. Payne (University Press of Kentucky, 2008)

A Coat of Many Colors: Religion and Society along the Cape Fear River of North Carolina (University Press of Kentucky, 2006)

God and the Natural World: Religion and Science in Antebellum America (University of South Carolina Press, 1993)

Church and Confession: Conservative Theologians in Germany, England, and America, 1815-1866 (Mercer University Press, 1984)