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Stephen Wilson

Stephen Wilson

Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy

Tel: 301-696-3434
Office: Chapel


  • Ph.D., Stanford University
  • B.A., Brown University


Professor Wilson received a bachelor's degree in religious studies from Brown University and a doctorate in religious studies from Stanford University. He held visiting appointments at Valparaiso University, Earlham College and Stanford University before joining the Hood faculty in 2005. His book, Virtue Reformed: Rereading Jonathan Edwards's Ethics, was published in 2005 in Brill's Studies in Intellectual History series. He also served as guest co-editor of a volume of the Journal of Religious Ethics devoted to Edwards (summer 2003). He was the subject editor on the colonial period for the recently published Dictionary of Early American Philosophers (Continuum, 2012). He has participated twice in Harvard University's International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, 1500-1825 and twice held non-stipendiary research fellowships at the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE), University of Hull, Hull, UK. He is currently at work on a book entitled Liberal Religion: The Origins of a Global Ideal in Anglo-American Enlightenment. He retains an active interest in comparative religion as this pertains to debates about human and civil rights in the age of globalization and in light of the processes of colonialism. Among Professor Wilson's course offerings are What Is Religion?, Religion and Empire, From Abolitionism to Human Rights, Commerce, Corruption & Community, Chinese Thought, and Myth, Symbol, & Ritual.