Richard Carwardine

Richard Carwardine

Richard Carwardine is Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus and a Distinguished Fellow of the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford University. He served as president of Corpus Christi College at the University of Oxford from 2010 to 2016.

Carwardine received his bachelor of arts degree in Modern History from Corpus Christi College in 1968. He studied for his D.Phil. in Modern History at the Queen’s College, Oxford, and the University of California, Berkeley, as the Ochs-Oakes Senior Scholar in American History and Institutions. He taught American History at the University of Sheffield from 1971 to 2002, serving a term as Dean of the Faculty of Arts. From 2002 to 2009 he was Rhodes Professor of American History and Institutions at Oxford University, and a Fellow of St Catherine’s College.

In July 2009, as an adviser to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, he convened an international conference in Oxford to examine Abraham Lincoln’s global legacy: the proceedings appeared as The Global Lincoln (Oxford University Press, 2011), co-edited with Jay Sexton. The same year, he was elected to the Order of Lincoln, the highest honor of the state of Illinois.

Carwardine is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, and a founding member of the Council for the Defence of British Universities. He has held visiting positions at Syracuse University (1974-75); at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1989); and as the Stewart Fellow in Religion at Princeton University (2011).

His books and many essays on American religion and politics include, most notably, Transatlantic Revivalism: Popular Evangelicalism in Britain and America 1790- 1865(Greenwood, 1978) and Evangelicals and Politics in Antebellum America (Yale, 1993). His analytical biography of Abraham Lincoln won the Lincoln Prize in 2004 and was subsequently published in the United States as Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power(Knopf, 2006). His most recent book, Lincoln’s Sense of Humor (Southern Illinois University Press, 2017), has won the 2018 Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Prize. He is currently working on a book for Alfred A. Knopf, New York, entitled Building a Righteous Nation: Religion in American National Construction from Washington to Lincoln.

At Washington & Jefferson College’s inaugural Symposium on Democracy, Carwardine will present a public lecture titled “The Foundation of American Democracy: 1776-1865” on Feb. 14, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in Olin Fine Arts Center.


symposium on democracy 2020

Lunch and Learn with Richard Carwardine

February 15, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Discussion of Carwardine’s book, “Lincoln’s Sense of Humor”

symposium on democracy 2020

“The Foundations of American Democracy: 1776-1865.”

February 14, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Lecture by Richard Carwardine, FRHistS, FBA, FLSW, Professor of American History and former President of the Corpus Christi College, Oxford