I studied History, both as an undergraduate and research student, at the University of Oxford. From 1985 to 1990 I taught History at the University of York, and joined the Open University as Lecturer in Religious Studies in 1990. I was Sub-Dean (Research and Quality Assurance) of the Faculty of Arts from 1994 to 1997 and Head of the Department of Religious Studies from 1998 to 2001.
My research interests all relate in some way to interactions between religion and national identity in the North Atlantic world since the late eighteenth century. I have a particular interest in Evangelicalism. I initially studied mid-nineteenth-century anti-Catholicism in Britain, and remain interested in broader comparative study of militant Protestantism in the UK and the United States. More recent research has related to responses to the deaths of prominent people in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain. I am currently working on a published edition and critical evaluation of the Yorkshire returns of the 1851 Religious Census. Future plans include an international survey of Evangelicalism between the 1790s and the 1850s, and a major project on William Wilberforce and his long term influence.
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Dr John Wolffe
Faculty of Arts
The Open University
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