Dennis R. Hoover
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
WORKS IN PROGRESS
PUBLIC LECTURES AND PANEL
ACTIVITIES AND AFFILIATIONS
Born: November 14, 1967, Ephrata, PA.
Married: September 30, 1995, Ruth Melkonian.
Address: Trinity College, 300 Summit Street,
Hartford, CT 06106.
(860) 297-4233 (office), (860) 232-3462 (home), Dennis.Hoover@trincoll.edu
D.Phil. in Politics, August 1997, University of Oxford, Lincoln College, Oxford,
D.Phil. Thesis: "Conservative Protestant Politics in the United States and
Canada: The Mobilization of
Evangelical Social Movements Across the Continental Divide, 1960s -1990s."
In light of the late-twentieth century resurgence of evangelical
politics across North America, especially the rise of the populist Reform
Party in western Canada during the 1990s, this thesis employs original
research (including content analysis and extensive interviews with activists
and MPs) and secondary sources (including national and cross-national survey
data) to compare evangelical political mobilization in the U.S. and Canada.
It explains similarities and differences through a theoretical framework
adapted, with some revisions, from social movement theory—a synthetic
approach drawing from the “culturalist,” “rationalist,” and
“structuralist” strains of mobilization literature.
Thesis Supervisor: Alan Ware, Worcester College, Oxford.
Thesis Examiners: Kenneth D. Wald, University of Florida; Gillian Peele,
Margaret Hall, Oxford.
M.Phil. in Politics, June 1992, University of Oxford, Lincoln College, Oxford,
Examined Fields and Tutor
American Politics [primary emphasis--national institutions, parties,
political culture, American exceptionalism]: Alan Ware, Worcester College, Oxford.
Political Institutions [primary emphasis--advanced industrial societies]: David Goldey,
Lincoln College, Oxford.
Political Theory [primary emphasis--contemporary political theory]: David Miller,
Nuffield College, Oxford.
Modern Theories of Law and State [primary emphasis--constitutional and
legal theory]: Geoffrey Marshall, Queens College, Oxford.
Comprehensive Examiners: David Miller, Nuffield College, Oxford; Alan Ware,
Worcester College, Oxford; Peter G. J.
Pulzer, All Souls College, Oxford.
M.Phil. Thesis: "The Political Mobilization of the American Evangelical
Thesis Supervisors: L. J. Sharpe, Nuffield College, Oxford; Alan Ware,
Worcester College, Oxford.
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, May 1990, Messiah College, Grantham, PA.
"Survey Research on American Religion and Politics," led by Lyman A.
Kellstedt, John C. Green, James L. Guth, and Corwin E. Smidt, Wheaton College, 1997.
"American Politics Research Seminar," led by Byron Shafer,
Nuffield College, Oxford, 1992.
Executive Director, Council on Faith & International Affairs, Institute
for Global Engagement, Eastern University, St. Davids, PA -- January 13, 2003
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Eastern
University, St. Davids, PA -- January 13, 2003 - present.
Resident Fellow/Program Associate, and
Associate Editor of Religion in the News magazineAugust 9, 1999 -
January 12, 2003, Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of
Religion in Public Life, Trinity College, Hartford, CT.
Visiting Assistant ProfessorFall 2001,
and Spring 2000, Trinity College,
Hartford, CT. Course taught: American Government (100 level).
Adjunct Assistant ProfessorFall 1998, Reinhardt College, Roswell, GA.
Course taught: American Government (100 level).
Adjunct Assistant ProfessorSpring 1998, and Fall 1997, Berry College, Mount Berry, GA.
Courses taught: Contemporary World Issues (200 level); American Government (100
Relations (200 level); World Religions (100 level).
Adjunct InstructorFall 1994, Rowan College of
New Jersey, Glassboro, NJ. Course taught: Introduction to Political Science (100 level).
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
Crossroads Doctoral Scholar Fellowship program, 1995 (seminar and monograph series
funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts).
Sara Norton Prize, 1992 (essay prize awarded by the University of Oxford in recognition
of excellence in research on a topic of American political culture and institutions;
M.Phil. thesis submitted).
Overseas Research Student Award, 1990-1993 (merit-based scholarship program for
overseas students at British universities).
CCCU Initiative Grant: $15,000 for research, conferences, and manuscript
preparation for the study,
"Cooperative Christianity in Comparative Perspective" with Daniel Goodwin of Atlantic Baptist University
(Project Director, firstname.lastname@example.org), Mark Noll
of Wheaton College, Richard Loughheed of Faculte de Theologie Evangelique, and Samuel
Reimer of Atlantic Baptist University.
Conservatives Go to Court: Religion and Legal Mobilization in the United
States and Canada,” (with Kevin den Dulk, Grand Valley State University), International
Political Science Review, forthcoming.
“Evangelicalism Meets the
Continental Divide,” (with Kenneth D. Wald, University of Florida, Samuel H. Reimer,
Atlantic Baptist University, and Michael D. Martinez, University of Florida), Political Research Quarterly 55:2 (June 2002): 351-374.
"The Sources of Social Capital, Reconsidered: Voluntary Associations,
Advocacy, and the State," in Social Structures,
Social Capital, and Personal Freedom, eds. Dale McConkey and Peter Augustine Lawler
(Westport, CT: Praeger, 2000).
"The Christian Right Under Old Glory and the Maple Leaf," in Sojourners in
the Wilderness: The Christian Right in Comparative Perspective, eds. Corwin E. Smidt
and James M. Penning (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 1997).
Eric Michael Mazur, The Americanization of Religious Minorities: Confronting the
Constitutional Order (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999), in the Journal
for the Scientific Study of Religion 40:4 (December 2001): 787-788.
Janine Stingel, Social Discredit: Anti-Semitism, Social Credit, and the Jewish
Response. (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2000), in The
American Review of Canadian Studies 30:4 (Winter 2000): 560-561.
Mark J. Rozell and Clyde Wilcox, Second Coming: The New Christian Right in Virginia
Politics (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), in the
Review of Religious Research (September 1997): 93-94.
Barbara Yarnold, Abortion Politics in the Federal Courts (Westport, CT:
Praeger, 1995), in APSA Religion and Politics Newsletter, summer 1996.
Laura Olson and Paul Djupe, eds., Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics (New York: Facts on File,
"Religion and the Media"
"Call to Renewal"
"The Mennonite Tradition"
Books and Monographs
Religious Persecution as a U.S. Policy Issue (Hartford, CT: Center for the Study
of Religion in Public Life, 2000), co-edited with Rosalind I.J. Hackett and Mark Silk.
"Regulating the Special Interests: Public Justice and the Political
Activity of Nonprofit Organizations" (Philadelphia: Crossroads Program Monographs,
WORKS IN PROGRESS
Religion, Politics, and American Exceptionalism (tentative title). Book
prospectus under review at various publishers; full manuscript solicited for review by
"Christian Conservatives and Political
Participation: Motive, Means, and Opportunity in the United States and
Canada" (with Jolly Emrey, University of New Hampshire). Under review.
"Ecumenism of the Trenches?: The Politics of
Evangelical-Catholic Alliances in Canada and the United States," paper
for the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, 26 May, 2002, University
"Mobilizing Evangelical Christians: Do Political Opportunity Structures and
Resources Matter?" (with Jolly Emrey, University of New Hampshire), paper for the
annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, August 30-September 2, 2001,
San Francisco, CA.
"Transnational Evangelical Politics: Understanding Evangelical Exceptionalism in
the United States and Canada," (with Kenneth D. Wald, University of Florida, Samual
Reimer, Atlantic Baptist University, and Michael Martinez, University of Florida), paper
for the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, October 19,
2000, Houston, TX
"Canadian Exceptionalism?: Evangelical Politics in North America," paper for
the New England Religion Discussion Society, May 17, 2000, Hartford Seminary, Hartford CT.
"In Search of Christian America(s)," paper for the Trinity College Faculty
Reading Group, December 13, 1999, Trinity College, Hartford, CT.
"Culture War Across the Continental Divide?: A U.S. Perspective on Canadas
Conservative Christian Politics," paper for the American Academy of Religion Workshop
for Journalists, October 24, 1999, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont.
"A Conservative Christian Revival in Court: Evangelicals and Political Litigation
in the United States and Canada" (with Kevin den Dulk), paper for the annual meeting
of the American Political Science Association, September 2-5, 1999, Atlanta, GA.
"Conservative Religious Interest Groups and the Courts: Comparing Canada,"
paper for the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 17, 1999,
"Special Interests: Public Justice and the Advocacy Role of Nonprofit
Organizations," paper for the Faith and Public Policy Conference, October 21, 1998,
Union University, Jackson, TN.
"Comparative Evangelical Politics: An Organizational Analysis," paper for the
annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, September 3-6, 1998, Boston,
"Political Activity Restrictions, Nonprofit Politics, and the Christian
Right," paper for the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association,
November 5-8, 1997, Norfolk, VA.
"Conservative Protestant Politics in Canada: Comparative and Theoretical
Perspectives," paper for the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study
of Religion, November 4, 1996, Nashville, TN.
"Redressing Elite Biases in American Interest Group Politics," monograph
proposal given at the Crossroads Conference on Faith and Public Policy, July 29, 1996,
Eastern College, St. Davids, PA.
* I have also served as a discussant on several panels -- details available
PUBLIC LECTURES AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS
"Religion and the Current Presidential Campaign," panel discussion, October
2, 2000, Trinity College, Hartford, CT.
"Religion and Elections: Culture Wars and Beyond," lecture
delivered at First Church Congregational, October 2, 2000, Weathersfield, CT.
ACTIVITIES AND AFFILIATIONS
Journal for the Scientific
Study of Religion
Greenwood Publishing Group
American Political Science Association
Association for Canadian Studies in the United States
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
(coverage of research; background and on-the-record interviews with journalists;
commentary columns solicited by journalists—
details available on request)
WSHU Fairfield, CT (NPR affiliate)
Christian Science Monitor
Globe and Mail
CBC program "Moral Divide"
Fredericton Daily Gleaner
London Free Press
Alan Ware, Worcester College, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 2HB,
England. E-mail, alan.ware@Worcester.ox.ac.uk.
Tel.: 44 865 278300.
David Miller, Nuffield College, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 1NF, England; e-mail, email@example.com.
Tel.: 44 865 278524.
Kenneth Wald, Department of Political Science, University of Florida, P.O. Box 117325,
Gainesville, FL, 32611-7325. E-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tel.: (352) 392-0262, Ext. 267.
Franklin, John R. Reitemeyer Professor of Political Science and Chair,
Department of Political Science, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 06106. E-mail, Mark.Franklin@trincoll.edu.
Tel.: (860) 297-5292.
Mark Silk, Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life, Trinity College,
Hartford, CT 06106. E-mail, Mark.Silk@trincoll.edu.
Tel.: (860) 297-2352.
L. J. Sharpe, Nuffield College, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 1NF, England; e-mail, email@example.com. Tel.:
44 865 278500.
Gillian Peele, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, Oxford OX2 6QA, England;
Tel.: 44 865 274385.
Last Updated: August 12, 2002