David F. Holland

David F. Holland

Acting Dean, Harvard Divinity School (Spring 2021)
John A. Bartlett Professor of New England Church History
David F. Holland


  • BA, Brigham Young University
  • MA, PhD, Stanford University


David F. Holland joined the HDS faculty in 2013. A renowned scholar of American religious history, he casts a broad and inclusive net in understanding the deep intellectual, theological, and cultural currents driving New England church history.

Holland earned a BA in history from Brigham Young University and an MA and PhD from Stanford University.

He is the author of numerous book reviews, journal articles, and review essays, including "From Anne Hutchinson to Horace Bushnell: A New Take on the New England Sequence" (The New England Quarterly, 2005) and  "A Mixed Construction of Subversion and Conversion: The Complicated Lives and Times of Religious Women" (Gender and History, 2010). He is the author of Sacred Borders: Continuing Revelation and Canonical Restraint in Early America, published by Oxford University Press in 2011. His new projects include a comparative biography of Mary Baker Eddy and Ellen White and a study of the legacy of Perry Miller.

Note: Professor Holland will assume the role of Acting Dean of HDS in Spring 2021, during the research and writing sabbatical of HDS Dean David Hempton.

Selected publications


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