Mark U. Edwards, Jr.

Jr. Mark U. Edwards, Jr.
Address14 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 2138

Advisory Member of the Faculty of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

B.A., psychology with great distinction ,Stanford University, 1968
M.A., Stanford University, 1969
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1974

Mark U. Edwards, Jr., became Professor of the History of Christianity at HDS in 1987, after teaching at Wellesley College and Purdue University. He was at HDS until July 1994, when he became the ninth president of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. In 2000 Edwards stepped down from the St. Olaf presidency and moved to New Hampshire. He returned to HDS in May 2003. Edwards has written four books and numerous articles on Martin Luther and the German Reformation. The most recent book, entitled Printing, Propaganda, and Martin Luther (University of California Press, 1994; reprint, Fortress Press, 2005), deals with the West’s first “mass media campaign” and Luther’s pivotal role as both subject and object in the struggle for the hearts and minds of sixteenth-century Christians. When at St. Olaf, Edwards turned his research interests toward religious perspectives in American higher education. In addition to chapters and articles on this topic, he has published Religion on Our Campuses: A Professor’s Guide to Communities, Conflicts, and Promising Conversations (Palgrave, 2006), which asks faculty to ponder the appropriate role of religion on campus. He is now at work on Having a Stake, Making a Contribution: Religious Perspectives in American Higher Education, which explores how religious and spiritual perspectives influence disciplinary scholarship and are influenced in turn. Edwards has taught introductory courses in computer science at Wellesley and Purdue and has developed three commercial software programs, including ForComment, a pioneer “groupware” product that was designated one of the best products of 1987 by PC Magazine.

Areas of Interest

History of Christianity;

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