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Ryan J. Butler

Assistant Professor of History
Academic Background
Ph.D., History, Baylor University, 2019
M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary, 2014
B.S., Mathematics, Wheaton College, 2006
Research interests: history of Christianity, slavery and abolition, social reform, Atlantic world, imperialism
Phone Number:
(864) 231-5571
Ryan J. Butler

What classes do you teach at Anderson?

Non-western world history (Africa, Asia, Latin America)

What year did you start teaching at AU?


Why teach at AU?

I am convinced that the premium Anderson University places on the integration of faith and rigorous intellectual inquiry best cultivates the whole person and best prepares students for all of life.

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

My classes are a mix of lecture and discussion, careful study of the past with an eye towards implications for the present, and always pitched at cultivating our loves for God and others.


“Transatlantic Discontinuity? The Clapham Sect’s Influence in the United States,” Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture 88, no. 3 (September 2019): 672–695.

Book reviews in Journal of the Early Republic, Journal of Ecclesiastical History