James Hunter

James Davison Hunter

Labrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture, and Social Theory

Cabell Hall, 548


  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Gordon College
  • Master of Arts (MA), Rutgers University : New Brunswick
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Rutgers University : New Brunswick

Research Interests

In recent years, much of Mr. Hunter's time has focused on establishing and overseeing the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, a university-based, interdisciplinary research center concerned with understanding contemporary cultural change and its implications for individuals, institutions, and society. Under his direction, the Institute has sponsored university-wide colloquia, provided doctoral and post-doctoral research support, held conferences, and fielded a national survey of public opinion on the changing political values in late 20th century America.


  • The Center on Religion & Democracy Operating Funds
    • The Center's mission is to explore the dynamic role religion plays in both strengthening and weakening American democratic ideals, institutions, and practices.
    • Project Sponsored By: The Pew Charitable Trusts
    • 08/01/2004 - 08/31/2008
  • Character Formation in American Homes: A National Study
    • Project Sponsored By: The John Templeton Foundation
    • 10/15/2010 - 10/14/2012
    • Award Amount: $850,000.00