A group of exceptional scholars offers guidance and direction to the Center for Global Christianity & Mission.
Dr. Ammerman is the Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Open Access at Boston University. He oversees the collection of works on mission studies and world Christianity, and the scanning of resources in the history of missiology. The School of Theology library has collected systematically the microform works of the western mission societies, material pertaining to the history of the ecumenical movement, microform journals of women’s missionary organizations, and other material vital to research in global Christianity and mission studies. Within the library, the Bible collection of the Massachusetts Bible Society and major hymnological collections also provide rich resources for researching the social history of the world Christian movement.
Dr. Hempton is the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies and the Dean at the Harvard Divinity School. He is the eminent author of award-winning works on the social history of Methodism, including: Methodism and Politics in British Society 1750-1850 (Stanford University Press, 1984), winner of the Whitfield prize of the Royal Historical Society; ‘Methodism in Irish Society 1770-1830’ proxime accessit for the Alexander Medal of the Royal Historical Society (1986); Evangelical Protestantism in Ulster Society 1740-1890 (Routledge, 1992), chosen by the Epworth Review’s millennium edition as one of the five best books written on the Methodist tradition; Religion and Political Culture in Britain and Ireland: From the Glorious Revolution to the Decline of Empire (Cambridge University Press, 1996), short listed for the Ewart-Biggs Memorial prize; The Religion of the People: Methodism and Popular Religion c. 1750-1900 (Routledge, 1996); and ‘Faith and Enlightenment’ in the New Oxford History of the British Isles (2002). His book An Empire of the Spirit: The Rise of Methodism in a New World Order 1730-1880 (Yale University Press, 2004) was awarded the Jesse Lee Prize. Dr. Hempton’s skill as a social historian is a valuable resource for understanding the spread of Christianity as a global movement. His recent book The Church in the Long Eighteenth Century (I B Tauris) won the 2012 Outler prize of the American Society of Church History.
Professor Wylie is affiliated with Boston University’s African Studies Center. She has published on eastern and southern African history as well as the history of the British empire, including A Little God, The Twilight of Patriarchy in a Southern African Chiefdom (1990) and Starving on a Full Stomach: Hunger and the Triumph of Cultural Racism in Modern South Africa (2001, named Choice Outstanding Academic Book, 2002, and winner of the Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association, 2002); Art + Revolution, The Life and Death of Thami Mnyele, South African Artist (2008); and Enchantment: Pictures from the Tangier American Legation Museum (2010). She has lived and worked in five African countries: Kenya, Algeria, Ghana, Botswana, and South Africa. Before arriving at Boston University, she taught at Yale University, Mount Holyoke College, Vassar College, and the University of Oran, Algeria. In 2002 she won Boston University’s Metcalf Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and was NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor 2008-11.