Randall Balmer

Biography

Randall Balmer has been teaching at Columbia University since earning the Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1985. A specialist in American religious history, his ten books include A Perfect Babel of Confusion: Dutch Religion and English Culture in the Middle Colonies (1989); Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America (1993); and Religion in American Life: A Short History, cowritten with Jon Butler of Yale and Grant Wacker of Duke University. Professor Balmer has been a visiting professor at Rutgers, Yale, Princeton, Drew, and Northwestern universities and at Union Theological Seminary, where he is an adjunct professor of church history. He has also taught in Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. His commentaries on religion in America have appeared in newspapers across the country, including New York Newsday, the San Diego Times-Union, the Des Moines Register, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Dallas Morning News, the Nation, and the New York Times. He has written and hosted three documentaries for PBS, one of which earned him an Emmy nomination.