122 Anderson Hall
American Religious History, Sociology of Religion
David Hackett received his Ph.D. from Emory University in 1986. His first book, The Rude Hand of Innovation: Religion and Social Order in Albany, New York 1652-1836 (Oxford, 1991), received the Brewer Prize from the American Society of Church. He has recently published That Religion In Which All Men Agree: Freemasonry in American Culture (University of California Press). The second edition of his edited reader Religion and American Culture was published in 2003 (Routledge). Dr. Hackett’s personal memoir on the relationship between contemplative Catholicism and Zen Buddhism, The Silent Dialogue: Zen Letters to a Trappist Monk, was published in 1996 (Continuum). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Louisville Institute for the Study of American Protestantism in American Culture, and has been a resident scholar at Princeton’s Center for Theological Inquiry and the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research in Collegeville, Minnesota. In 2011-2012 Dr. Hackett was recognized as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year.