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Christopher Joseph Beneke

Associate Professor, History
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2001
BA, Cornell University, 1994
Office: Morison Hall 184 | 781.891._2813 | cbeneke@bentley.edu
                       


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Bio

Primary interests include revolutionary and early national America, intellectual history, religious history, the history of toleration, and baseball history. Author of Beyond Toleration: The Religious Origins of American Pluralism (New York: Oxford UP, 2006) and co-editor of The First Prejudice: Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Early America (UPenn, 2011). He is also co-editor with Christopher S. Grenda and David Nash of a forthcoming volume on blasphemy across the globe, titled Profane: Sacrilegious Expression in a Multicultural Age (University of California Press, August 2014). Current research focuses on the history of the First Amendment's religious clauses First Amendment (a book, tentatively titled Free Exercise, is forthcoming with Cornell University Press). He is also writing a short history of religious tolerance and intolerance in the United States and co-editing a volume on the same subject (The Lively Experiment: Religious Toleration in America, from Roger Williams to the Present).

Teaching Interests

Baseball History; History of American Sports; The American Revolution; American Thought; The American Religious Experience; The Early Republic; Colonial North America

Research Interests

American Religious History; History of Religious Toleration; American Intellectual History; Colonial North America; History of Integration in the United States; History of Religious Pluralism in the United States; History of Education in the United States

Professional Links

http://histsociety.blogspot.com/

Professional Memberships

American Historical Association
Conference on Faith and History
Historical Society
The Society for Historians of the Early American Republic

Awards and Honors

2008, Outstanding Scholarly Contribution Award, Bentley University

Publications

Journal Articles
Beneke, C. J. (2014). Is Religion Losing Ground to Sports? Washington Post. (link)

Beneke, C. J. (2013). Why Republicans and Academics Need Each Other. The Chronicle of Higher Education. (link)

Beneke, C. J. (2013). Why Kids Are Losing Interest in Baseball. The Atlantic. (link)

Beneke, C. J. (2012). "Not by Force or Violence”: Religious Violence, Anti-Catholicism, and Rights of Conscience in the Early National U.S.. Journal of Church and State, 54 (1), 5-32. (link)

Beneke, C. J. (2011). War's Providence (Essay Review). Fides et Historia (November). Forthcoming

Beneke, C. J. (2010). The Free Market and the Founders' Approach to Church-State Relations. Journal of Church and State, 52 (2), 323-352. (link)

Beneke, C. J. (2009). America's Whiggish Religious Revolution: An Instance in the Progress of History. Historically Speaking, 10 (3), 31-35. (link)

Beneke, C. J. (2008). The Critical Turn: Jonathan Mayhew, the British Empire, and the Idea of Resistance in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Boston. Massachusetts Historical Review, 10, 23-56. (link)

Beneke, C. J. (2006). "Mingle with Us": Religious Integration in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century American Education. American Educational History Journal, 33 (1), 29-37.

Beneke, C. J. (2005). The New, New Political History. Reviews in American History, 33 (3), 314-324. (link)

Beneke, C. J. (2003). Economy of Faith. Reviews in American History, 31 (4), 528-537. (link)

Beneke, C. J. (2001). America's Liberal Education. Reviews in American History, 29 (3), 338-345. (link)

Books
Beneke, C. J. Free Exercise: The First Amendment and America's Moderate Religious Revolution.

Beneke, C. J. (2008). Beyond Toleration: The Religious Origins of American Pluralism. New York: Oxford University Press. (link)

Edited Volumes
Beneke, C. J. (Ed.). (2014). Profane: Sacrilegious Expression in a Multicultural Age.  (pp. 365). Berkeley, CA: University of California Press (link)


Beneke, C. J, Grenda, C. S. (Ed.). (2010). The First Prejudice: Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Early America.  (pp. 416). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press (link)


Book Chapters
Beneke, C. J. Humankind will be your Business: The Study of the Past and the Future of Business Education. In Daniel Everett, Gordon Hardy (Eds.), The Future of Business Education . Palgrave

Beneke, C. J. (2010). Liberty and Civility: What Benjamin Franklin and George Washington Taught Us About Religious Peace. In John Wade III (Eds.), How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth. Pelican Publishing

Beneke, C. J. (2010). The ‘Catholic spirit prevailing in our country’: America’s Moderate Religious Revolution. In Chris Beneke and Christopher S. Grenda (Eds.), The First Prejudice: Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Early America. Philadelphia: . University of Pennsylvania Press

Beneke, C. J. (2009). The Idea of Integration in the Age of Horace Mann. In Debra Meyers and Burke Miller (Eds.), Inequity in Education: A Historical Perspective. Lanham, MD: . Lexington Books (link)

Book Reviews
Beneke, C. J. [Review of the book Defending American Religious Neutrality ]. Journal of Church and State. Forthcoming

Beneke, C. J. [Review of the book Review of The Spice of Popery: Converging Christianities on an Early American Frontier ]. Journal of American History. (link) Forthcoming

Beneke, C. J. [Review of the book The Farmers’ Game: Baseball in Rural America ]. Journal of Southern History. Forthcoming

Beneke, C. J. (2013). [Review of the book New Netherland and the Dutch Origins of American Religious Liberty]. Church History. (link)

Beneke, C. J. (2012). [Review of the book Review of The Accidental Revolutionary: George Whitefield and the Creation of America]. The Historian.

Beneke, C. J. (2012). [Review of the book From Jamestown to Jefferson: The Evolution of Religious Freedom in Virginia]. Journal of Southern History. (link)

Beneke, C. J. (2011). [Review of the book The Myth of American Religious Freedom by David Sehat]. Journal of Church and State.

Beneke, C. J. (2010). [Review of the book Religious Intolerance in America: A Documentary History by John Corrigan and Lynn S. Neal]. Journal of Southern Religion. (link)

Beneke, C. J. (2009). [Review of the book Preaching Politics: The Religious Rhetoric of George Whitefield and the Founding of a New Nation by Jerome Dean Mahaffey ]. Politics and Religion. (link)

Beneke, C. J. (2009). [Review of the book Religion in American Politics: A Short History by Frank Lambert; and Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Fathers by Brooke Allen ]. Journal of Southern History. (link)

Beneke, C. J. (2009). [Review of the book The Colonial American Origins of Modern Democratic Thought ]. American Historical Review.

Beneke, C. J. (2002). [Review of the book Natives and Newcomers: The Cultural Origins of North America by James Axtell]. Journal of Interdisciplinary History.

Other(s)
Beneke, C. J, Fea, J. (2012). “The New Religious Test” . Philadelphia Inquirer (link)

Beneke, C. J, Stephens, R. J. (2012). “Lies the Debunkers Told Me: How Bad History Books Win Us Over". The Atlantic (link)

Beneke, C. J. (2012). "Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and the Most Racially Divisive Position in Sports". Huffington Post (link)

Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Beneke, C. J. (2013). "The Idea of Toleration." Presented at the Newport Historical Society's Spectacle of Toleration, Newport.

Beneke, C. J. (2013). "The Specter of Irreligion and the Character of Early National Rights." Presented at the American Political Science Association's Annual Meeting, Chicago.

Beneke, C. J. (2013). "Tom Paine’s Return: Free Exercise, Free Enquiry, and the Fate of Irreligious Expression in the New Nation." Presented at the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic's Annual Meeting, St. Louis.

Beneke, C. J. (2013). "Everlasting Choice: The Un-Secular Path of American Religious Rights." Presented at the Radcliffe College, Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute Seminar on Comparative Secularization .

Beneke, C. J. (2013). "Tom Paine’s Return: Free Exercise, Free Enquiry, and the Fate of Irreligious Expression in the New Nation." Presented at the Center for American Politics at Harvard University 's SPRING 2013 CAPS SEMINAR SERIES , Harvard University.

Beneke, C. J. (2012). "Paine's Return: Free Exercise, Free Expression and the Fate of Irreligion in the New Nation." Presented at the Boston American Religious History Seminar's Monthly Seminar, Boston University.

Beneke, C. J. (2012). "Religion, the Constitution, and the Presidential Religious Test." Presented at the Northwood University's Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise Lecture, Midland, Michigan.

Beneke, C. J. (2012). "Teaching American Religious History." Presented at the Boston College Conference on American Religious History's Biennial Conference: Concluding Symposium, Boston College.

Beneke, C. J. (2012). "Comment. “People of God? The Role of Political Hebraism in America,”" Presented at the Southern Political Science Association 's Annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans.

Beneke, C. J. (2012). "Interviewed by Professor Anthony Gill for Research on Religion (podcast)."

Beneke, C. J. (2011). "Comment. “Before the Know-Nothings: Anti-Catholicism in the Early Republic,”." Presented at the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic's Annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, Philadelphia.

Beneke, C. J. (2011). "Religious Violence and Religious Liberty in the Early National United States." Presented at the American Historical Association's Annual Meeting, Boston.

Beneke, C. J. (2011). "Religious Intolerance in America (or Religious Intoleration in America)." Presented at the American Society of Church History's Roundtable on Religious Intolerance in America, Boston.

Beneke, C. J. (2010). "Comment on “Considering Religious Liberty: Theological Conflict, Legal Transformations, International Context”." Presented at the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic's Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.

Beneke, C. J. (2010). "The First Amendment’s Religious Clauses as Historical Event and Sociological Fact." Presented at the The Historical Society's Biennial Meeting of The Historical Society, Washington D.C. .

Beneke, C. J. (2010). "Comment on “(Re)Interpreting the Bible in Early American Culture”." Presented at the Organization of American Historians's Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Washington D.C. .

Beneke, C. J. (2010). "‘Not by Force or Violence’: The (Relative) Absence of Religious Violence and the American Founding." Presented at the George Washington Forum's Making Democracy: Violence, Politics, and the American Founding, Ohio University (Athens, Ohio).

Service

Department Service
Department Webmaster, 2007 - Present
Committee Chair for Minors Coordinator , 2005 - 2006

University Service
Coordinator for American Studies LSM, 2013
Committee Member for Promotion and Tenure Committee, 2013 - Present
Writer/Blogger for Impact Blog, 2012
Mentor (Faculty) for Bentley chapter of STAND, student anti-genocide network , 2006 - Present
Task Force Member for Shared Governance Task Force , 2012 - 2012
Task Force Member for NEASC Accreditation Team, 2012 - 2012
Committee Member for Center for Women in Business, 2011 - 2012
Committee Member for Spiritual Life Advisory Board , 2009 - 2012
Committee Member for EQUIS Task Force, 2010 - 2011
Committee Member for Hoffman (ethics) Prize Committee, 2008 - 2011
Committee Member for Academic Advising Advisory Board , 2010 - 2010
Committee Member for Faculty Database (Digital Measures) Faculty Advisory Committee, 2010 - 2010
Wilder (Teaching) Professors Steering Committee , 2009 - 2010
Committee Member for Honor’s Council Advisory Board , 2008 - 2010
Committee Member for Academic Integrity Advisory Council , 2006 - 2010
Committee Member for Research Committee , 2006 - 2010
Committee Member for Dean of Arts and Sciences Search Committee , 2009 - 2010
Committee Member for President’s Inaugural Planning Committee , 2007 - 2008
Committee Member for Faculty Senate Planning Committee , 2006 - 2008
University Senate for Faculty Senate, 2005 - 2008
Committee Member for Academic Integrity Board , 2004 - 2008
Committee Member for Class Book Committee , 2002 - 2008
Committee Member for Curriculum Committee , 2005 - 2006
Committee Member for Student Affairs Committee , 2004 - 2005

Professional Service
Editorial Review Board Member for Fides et Historia, 2010 - Present
Board of Governors Member for The Historical Society, 2008
Editorial Review Board Member for Journal of The Historical Society, 2006 - Present
Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of American History, 2013 - 2013
Committee Member for Steering Committee, Spectacle of Toleration Conference and Regional Programming, 2012 - 2013
Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of the Early Republic, 2013 - 2013
Reviewer, Book for University of Massachusetts Press, 2013 - 2013
Reviewer, Book for Oxford University Press, 2013 - 2013
Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of the Early Republic, 2012 - 2012
Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Church and State, 2012 - 2012
Reviewer, Grant Proposal for National Endowment for the Humanities, 2012 - 2012
Committee Member for Long-term Fellowship Review Committee, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2012 - 2012

Public Service
Committee Member for Cub Scout Pack 733, 2012 - Present
Officer, Treasurer for Waltham Partnership for Youth, 2009 - Present
Board Member for Waltham Partnership for Youth, 2007 - Present
Board Member for Waltham Family School, 2007 - 2013