Ryan Butler

Ph.D. Candidate
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Office Hours

M/W/R 1:30-2:30

Advisor: Philip Jenkins

Education

  • M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA), 2014
  • B.S., Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL), 2006

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 examines the community of activists surrounding William Wilberforce known as the “Clapham Sect,” situating their work in a global context to explore issues of race, empire, and theology.

Publications

  • “Transatlantic Discontinuity? The Clapham Sect’s Influence in the United States” (accepted, Church History)
  • Book reviews in Journal of the Early Republic, Journal of Ecclesiastical History

Courses Taught

  • World History Since 1500
  • World Cultures IV: The United States in the World
  • Honors Colloquium
  • World Civilization Since 1500 (Wayland Baptist University, Kijabe, Kenya)

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.