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Richard R. Follett

Richard Follett

Professor of History

History & Politics

On faculty since 2001

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PhD, Washington University, 1996
MA, Washington University, 1992
BA, Arizona State University, 1986

Professional Interests

My teaching responsibilities at Covenant College include the European history survey and upper division European history courses, as well as the history of modern political theory. My special areas of interest include crime and the law in eighteenth and nineteenth-century England, Evangelicalism and nineteenth-century British politics, imperialism and culture, and European integration since 1945. I am currently working on a biography of the British law reformer and anti-slavery activist Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton (1786-1845), who succeeded William Wilberforce as leader of the abolitionist movement in the 1820s.

Personal Interests

Although teaching and research demand a lot of time during the school year, I am actively involved in adult recreational soccer, supporting my wife and our three daughters in various activities, and in following local political and social issues. I served as deacon in a PCA church in St. Louis prior to moving to Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, and in fall 2007 my family started attending Highlands Presbyterian Church in Lafayette, Georgia.

Covenant Activities

I currently serve the campus as Pre-Law Advisor and have been active on the Academic Standards Committee of the Faculty since fall of 2002. For several years I have been active with our course for new students, The Christian Mind: A Covenant Perspective. The interaction with incoming students has led to my serving the past several summers as the new student advisor, helping students new to Covenant to get registered in the right courses for their majors and career interests as they prepare for their first semester.

Professional Membership

  • American Historical Association
  • North American Conference on British Studies
  • Western Conference on British Studies

Recent Publications

"After Emancipation: Thomas Fowell Buxton and Evangelical Politics in the 1830s," in Parliamentary History, Vol. 27, Issue 1 (February 2008), 119-129.

Review of John Wolffe, The Expansion of Evangelicalism: The Age of Wilberforce, More, Chalmers and Finney, Vol. 2 of A History of Evangelicalism, ed. David W. Bebbington and Mark Noll. In Fide et Historia, forthcoming.

Evangelicalism, Penal Theory and the Politics of Criminal Law Reform in England, 1808-30. London: Palgrave Press. 2001.