David W Kling

Professor
Chair, Department of Religious Studies

Phone:
(305) 284-3704
Locator Code:
4651

 
About

David Kling has been at the University of Miami since 1986, serving initially in an administrative capacity before joining the Department of Religious Studies in 1993. He is the author of A Field of Divine Wonders: The New Divinity and Village Revivals in Northwestern Connecticut, 1792-1822 (Penn State Press, 1993; Winner of the Kenneth Scott Latourette Prize in Religion and Modern History); The Bible in History: How the Texts Have Shaped the Times (Oxford University Press, 2004;  Featured "Editor's Choice" selection of the History Book Club); and co-editor of Jonathan Edwards at Home and Abroad: Historical Memories, Cultural Movements, Global Horizons (University of South Carolina Press, 2003). He is currently completing his fourth book, A History of Christian Conversion, and is also an area editor for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, 30 vols. (de Gruyter, 2009--). In addition to book chapter contributions and encyclopedia entries, he has published journal articles in Church History, History of Education Quarterly, Religion and American Culture, Journal of Men’s Studies, and Journal of Health Psychology. Kling is a specialist in American religious history and the history of Christianity. He regularly teaches REL 131, Religion in American Life; REL 232, A Global History of Christianity; REL 335, American Religion in Modern Film; and REL 236, Cults and New Religious Movements in America (January Intersession). Other recent course offerings include REL 361, Religion and Youth in Contemporary America; and REL 255: Religion and Sports.

Career

Education

1985Ph.D. History of Christianity University of Chicago
1976 History Northern Illinois University
1972B.A. Philosophy and History Trinity College

Professional Experience

2006 - Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Miami
1996 - 2006Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Miami
1993 - 1996Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Miami
1989 - 1993Assistant to the Dean of Enrollments, University of Miami
1986 - 1989Assistant to the Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Studies, University of Miami
1986 - 1991Part-time Visiting Professor (evenings), History of Christianity, St. Vincent de Paul Theological Seminary, Boynton Beach, FL
1982 - 1986Assistant Professor of History, Palm Beach Atlantic College, West Palm Beach, Florida

Honors & Acknowledgements

Course Development and Enhancement Award, University of Miami, College of Arts and Sciences, Spring 2011
Fellow, Center for the Humanities, University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, 2009-10
The Bible in History selected as “Editors’ Choice,” History Book Club, July 2004
The Kenneth Scott Latourette Prize in Religion and Modern History
best book manuscript, A Field of Divine Wonders
A Field of Divine Wonders nominated for the 1994 Society for the History of the American Republic prize for best monograph; nominated for the E. Harold Hugo Memorial
Book Prize, Old Sturbridge Village; nominated for the American Academy of Religion award for best first book in the history of religions
“New Divinity Schools of the Prophets” article in History of Education Quarterly selected for Special Issue on Education in Early America
Introduction by Maris Vinovkis

Memberships

American Academy of Religion
American Society of Church History
Proposer and Organizer, “After Edwards: Appropriations of the New England Theology,” Session at the Winter Meeting of the American Society of Church History, January 8, 2012
Co-chair, Steering Committee, Evangelical Theology Group, American Academy of Religion, 2001-2004
Chair, “The ‘Christian Scholar’ in Secular America: The Work of George S. Marsden,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion
Nashville, Tennessee, Nov. 18-21, 2000
Co-organizer, Fifth International Jonathan Edwards Conference: “Jonathan Edwards in Historical Memory,”

March 9-11, 2000, Omni Colonnade Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida. 

Planned program, recruited speakers, solicited conference funding, selected and made all arrangements with hotel, developed and assembled conference packets, and welcomed    attendees.

Chair and respondent, “As the Waters Fill the Sea: Edwards and World Missions,”

Jonathan Edwards Conference, University of Miami, March 9-11, 2000

Member, Steering Committee, Evangelical Theology Group, American Academy of Religion
1998 –2001
Chair, “Issues in the Edwardsean Tradition,”

Spring Meeting of the American Society of Church History, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, Tennessee, April 24-27, 1997

Co-chair, Committee on Program, Spring Meeting of the American Society of Church History
University of Miami, April 20-23, 1995.
Chair, “Christian Faith and American Life: The Last 100 Years,”

Spring Meeting of the American Society of Church History, University of Miami, April 20-23, 1995.

Research

Research Projects

Funded Research
  • University of Miami Max Orovitz Summer Research Award, Summer 2009
  • University of Miami General Research Award, Summer 2003
  • Louisville Institute, Christian Faith and Life Sabbatical Grant, 1999-2000
  • University of Miami General Research Grant, Summer 1999
  • University of Miami Max Orovitz Summer Research Award, Summer 1998
  • University of Miami Max Orovitz Summer Research Award, Summer 1997
  • University of Miami General Research Award, Summer 1996
  • University of Miami Max Orovitz Summer Research Award, Summer 1995
  • University of Miami General Research Award, Summer 1995
  • American Academy of Religion Research Assistance Grant, 1992-93
  • Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals: Lilly Foundation Grant on Theological Education in the Evangelical Tradition, 1992-93
Editorial Responsibilities and Grant Recommendations
  • Soliciting and securing of all authors for entries in “American Christianity;” shared solicitation and securing of authors for entries in “European/American Christianity,” Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Berlin: Walter DeGruyter, 2006-present)
  • Grant Recommendation for CCCU Initiative Grant Project ($15,000
  • Book manuscript reviews: Simon & Schuster, Penn State University Press, Northeastern University Press, Oxford University Press, Harvard University Press, Baylor University Press, University of California Press, Cornell University Press
  • Book proposal reviews: Blackwell, Oxford University Press, Cornell University Press
  • Article manuscript reviews: Journal of Religion, Church History, Disabilities Studies Quarterly, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Pastoral Psychology

Publications

David W. Kling A Field of Divine Wonders [Link]

SUMMARY: It began as a trickle in 1792, but by century's end northwestern Connecticut was awash in revival. In 1799 Edward Dorr Griffin wrote that he could stand at his doorstep in Litchfield County and "number fifty or sixty congregations laid down in one field of divine wonders." Griffin was one of the leading ministers whose electrifying preaching triggered the Second Great Awakening—the subject of this award-winning study.

Jonathan Edwards at Home and Abroad Historical Memories, Cultural Movements, Global Horizons Edited by David W. Kling and Douglas A. Sweeney Jonathan Edwards at Home and Abroad [Link]


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