Ryan Butler

PhD Candidate (expected 2018)
Advisor: Philip Jenkins
Research Interests: My research focuses on religious history, slavery and abolition, and the relationship between social activism and foreign policy in the 18th- and 19th-century Atlantic world. I am especially interested in exploring how transnational networks and comparative approaches illuminate theological, cultural, and intellectual currents. My dissertation, “Clapham’s ‘Vital Religion’: Stewardship and Synergy in an Age of Empire, 1772-1846,” examines the Clapham Sect activists, situating their work in a transatlantic context to explore issues of race, empire, and theology.
M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA), 2014
B.S., Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL), 2006
Review of Bishop McIlvaine, Slavery, Britain and the Civil War, by Richard W. Smith, in Journal of Ecclesiastical History 67, no. 2 (April 2016): 447-48
Academic Experience: Instructor, Wayland Baptist University, 2016; Graduate Student Representative, Conference on Faith and History, 2015–2016; Conference Assistant, “The Uses of Religion in 19th Century Studies,” Baylor University, 2016
Miscellaneous: Prior to pursuing an academic career, I served for four and a half years as an intelligence officer in the Air Force. Having worked and lived in various areas of the world, I am passionate about studying the role of history and religion in cultures—both across time and space—and communicating those insights well, since I have seen firsthand how they shape our thoughts and actions today.