Meet Our Scholars
Aaron Ghiloni, Summer 2015
Aaron J. Ghiloni is the Director and Principal of Trinity College Queensland where he lectures in theology and interreligious studies. Aaron is also an Affiliate Lecturer within the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy of Australian Catholic University and an Honorary Research Fellow in the University of Queensland’s School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry.
Ghiloni is the author of John Dewey among the Theologians (2012) and the editor of World Religions and their Missions (2015). His articles have appeared in The Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, Religious Education, Practical Theology, Uniting Church Studies, The Journal of Christian Education, and The Encyclopedia of Christian Education.
At PLNU Aaron will begin new research on two projects, both operating from the principle of interdisciplinarity at the heart of the Wesleyan Center’s mission. The first project is a dialogue between Christian doctrine and the philosophical pragmatism of William James and John Dewey; the second project is an exploration of the pedagogies of interreligious encounters. His CV is available here.
Keith Stanglin, Summer 2015
Keith Stanglin is Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Austin Graduate School of Theology in Austin, Texas. In addition to his work on Arminius and Arminianism, his research interests also include the reception of patristic and medieval thought in Reformation and Post-Reformation theology. He is the author or editor of The Reformation to the Modern Church (Fortress, 2014), Jacob Arminius: Theologian of Grace (Oxford, 2012), The Missing Public Disputations of Jacobus Arminius (Brill, 2010), Arminius, Arminianism, and Europe (Brill, 2009), and Arminius on the Assurance of Salvation (Brill, 2007). His articles have appeared in Church History, Church History and Religious Culture, Journal of Religious Ethics, Reformation & Renaissance Review, and Trinity Journal. He was a PLNU Wesleyan Center visiting scholar in 2011, and he continues to work on the history and impact of Arminianism and Wesleyanism.
Stanglin's latest book is a result of collaboration with the Wesleyan Center: Reconsidering Arminius (Abingdon/Kingswood, 2014), co-edited with Mark Mann and Mark Bilby. This summer he plans to work on two main projects. The first project is a book on the history of biblical interpretation (forthcoming with Baker Academic). The second project is an article on the Arminian reception of medieval scholasticism, in which he will utilize the rare book collection in the PLNU library. His CV is available here.
Randall Stephens, Summer 2015
Since 2012 Randall Stephens has been a Reader in History and American Studies at Northumbria University (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK). Before that he was an Associate Professor of History at Eastern Nazarene College (Quincy, MA). He is the author of The Fire Spreads: Holiness and Pentecostalism in the American South (Harvard Univ Press, 2008) and The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age (Belknap Press of Harvard Univ, 2011) co-authored with Karl Giberson. Stephens is also the editor of Recent Themes in American Religious History (University of South Carolina Press, 2009), associate editor of the journal Fides et Historia, and the bibliographic editor of The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History, eds. Paul Harvey and Edward Blum (Columbia University Press, 2012). In spring 2012 Stephens was a Fulbright Roving Scholar in American Studies in Norway. In addition to his work as a scholar, he has written for the Atlantic, the Wilson Quarterly, Christianity Today, Books & Culture, Christian Century, the Chronicle of Higher Ed, and the New York Times.
While at the Wesleyan Center Randall will be working on his current book project, The Devil’s Music: Rock and Christianity Since the 1950s (under contract with Harvard University Press), which examines the relationship of rock music to American Christianity as well as the emergence of Christian Rock. Stephens will also be working on an article titled “From Abolitionists to Fundamentalists: The Transformation of the Wesleyan Methodists in the 19th and 20th Centuries.” His CV is available here.
Hilde Lovdal Stephens, Summer 2015
Hilde Lovdal Stephens is a freelance writer and independent scholar with a PhD in North American Studies from the University of Oslo. Her work has been published by Oxford University Press, American Studies in Scandinavia, and Fides et Historia. In 2010-2011, she visited Northwestern University on a Fullbright fellowship. She is currently working on a book project on evangelical American family advice material since the 1970s. The book focuses on James Dobson and Focus on the Family and examines the advice they have given to American parents over the years. Her project is under contract with the University of Alabama Press for its Religion and American Culture series. Her CV is available here.