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W. Wallace

W. Jason Wallace


Associate Professor
Director, Core Texts Program


  • B.A., Auburn University
  • M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia

Fields: European and American Religious History, Intellectual History


Jason Wallace directs Samford's Core Texts Program and specializes in religious and intellectual history. In addition to teaching in the interdisciplinary core and University Fellows honors program, he teaches courses on the Enlightenment, medieval and modern intellectual history and methods of historical research and writing. From 2006 to 2012, Wallace also directed Samford's J. Roderick Davis Lecture Series, which brings to campus prominent public intellectuals.

Wallace's current research concerns the relationship between religion and politics in the 18th and 19th centuries. He is the author of Catholics, Slaveholders, and the Dilemma of American Evangelicalism, 1835-1860 (Notre Dame, 2010). In addition, he has contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of Alabama, presented papers at the Alabama Association of Historians and the Alabama Historical Association, and has served as academic programs director for the Alabama Association of Historians. He also served as founding coordinator of the Great Ideas Summer Institute for high school students held on the Samford campus each summer.

Awards and Honors

  • Howard College College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher, 2011
  • University Fellows Faculty Member of the Year, 2006-2007 


Membership in Professional Societies

  • St. George Tucker Society

  • The Historical Society

Contact Information

Howard College of Arts and Sciences

History Department

Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

Office: DBH 105

Phone: (205) 726-4178

Fax: (205) 726-4038