R. Scott Appleby

R. Scott Appleby Named Alumnus of the Year 2003


The Board of Trustees of the Baptist Theological Union has named Robert Scott Appleby the Divinity School's Alumnus of the Year for 2003.

Appleby is the John M. Regan, Jr., Director of the Kroc Institute and professor of history at the University of Notre Dame. He researches and writes on the roots of religious violence and the potential of religious peacebuilding, and he teaches courses in American religious history and comparative religious movements.

Having received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1985, Appleby went on to work, from 1988 to 1993, as co-director, with Martin E. Marty, of the Fundamentalism Project, an international public policy study conducted by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. From 1982 to 1987, he chaired the religious studies department of St. Xavier College, Chicago, joining the Notre Dame faculty the following year.

Appleby is the author of The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence and Reconciliation (Rowman & Littlefield 2000) and Church and Age Unite! The Modernist Impulse in American Catholicism (Notre Dame 1992). He is co-author, with Martin E. Marty, of the five-volume Fundamentalism Project (Chicago, 1991–2004) and Transforming Parish Ministry: The Changing Roles of Clergy, Laity, and Women Religious (Crossroad 1989). He served as editor of Spokesman for the Despised: Fundamentalist Leaders of the Middle East (Chicago 1997) and co-editor of Being Right: Conservative Catholics in America (Indiana 1995).

He will deliver his Alumnus of the Year Address, "The Study, the Practice, and the Construction of Religion: The Case of Religious Peacebuilding," at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2004, in Swift Lecture Hall.