Philip Jenkins

Philip Jenkins

Philip Jenkins (b. April 3, 1952) [cite linked authority file|id=n82-107557|accessdate=2008-05-22] is as of 2007 the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Humanities at Pennsylvania State University (PSU). He has also been a Professor (from 1993) and a Distinguished Professor (from 1997) of History and Religious studies at the same institution; and also assistant, associate and then full professor of Criminal Justice and American Studies at PSU, 1980–1993. [cite web |title=Curriculum Vitae |url= |publisher=Department of History & Religious Studies Program, Penn State University|accessdate=2008-05-22]

Early life and work

Jenkins was born in Port Talbot, Wales in 1952 and studied at Clare College in the University of Cambridge taking double-first class honours in both History and Anglo-Saxon. Jenkins then studied for his PhD under the supervision of Sir John Plumb among others. Between 1977-1980, Jenkins worked as a researcher for Sir Leon Radzinowicz, the pioneer of Criminology at Cambridge.

In 1979, Jenkins won the BBC quiz show, Mastermind. [Philip Jenkins, "The Making of a Ruling Class: The Glamorgan Gentry 1640-1790" Cambridge University Press, 1983]

Academic career

In 1980, Jenkins was appointed Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Pennsylvania State University, which marked a change in his research focus. Jenkins has forged a reputation based on his work on global Christianity as well as on emerging religious movements. Other research interests include post-1970 American history and crime. [ [ Department Faculty: Philip Jenkins - History and Religious Studies Penn State ] ]


*"Decade of Nightmares: The End of the 1960s and the Making of Eighties America" New York: Oxford University Press, 2006, 344 pages.
*"Dream Catchers: How Mainstream America Discovered Native Spirituality" New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 306 pages.
* New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. 258 pages
*"Images of Terror: What We Can And Can't Know About Terrorism" Hawthorne, NY: Aldine De Gruyter, 2003. 227 pages
*"The Next Christendom: The Rise of Global Christianity" New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. 270 pages. (Translated into many languages including Chinese in Taiwan)
*"Hidden Gospels: How the Search for Jesus Lost Its Way" New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. 260 pages.
*"Beyond Tolerance: Child Pornography on the Internet" New York University Press, 2001. 259 pages.
*"Mystics and Messiahs: Cults and New Religions in American History" New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. 294 pages.
*"Synthetic Panics: The Politics of Designer Drugs" New York University Press, 1999. 247 pages.
*"The Cold War at Home: The Red Scare in Pennsylvania 1945-1960" University of North Carolina Press, 1999. 271 pages.
*"Moral Panic: Changing Concepts of the Child Molester in Modern America" New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1998. 302 pages.
*"Hoods and Shirts: The Extreme Right in Pennsylvania 1925-1950" Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1997. 343 pages.
*"A History of the United States" London: Macmillan / New York: St.Martin’s Press, 1997. 317 pages.
*"Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Social Crisis" New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. 214 pages
*"Using Murder: The Social Construction of Serial Homicide" Hawthorne, NY: Aldine de Gruyter, 1994. 262 pages
*"Intimate Enemies: Moral Panics in Contemporary Great Britain" Hawthorne, NY: Aldine de Gruyter, 1992. 262 pages.
*"A History of Modern Wales 1536-1990" London: Longmans, 1992. 451 pages.
*"Crime and Justice: Issues and Ideas" Monterey, CA: Brooks-Cole, 1984. 211 pages.
*"The Making of a Ruling Class: The Glamorgan Gentry 1640-1790" Cambridge University Press, 1983. 353 pages.


External links

*worldcat id|lccn-n82-107557
* [ Personal website]
* [ The Atlantic]
* [ "Shall the Fundamentalists Win?"] "Christianity Today" article; excerpt from "The New Faces of Christianity" (2005)

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