Meet Our Scholars
William Gibson, Oxford Brookes University, Summer 2012
Dr. William Gibson joins the Wesleyan Center from Oxford Brookes University in the UK where he is Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Director of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History. His specialism is eighteenth century religion and society. He is the author of over a dozen books on aspects of seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century religion and has, most recently, edited the Oxford Handbook of the British Sermon 1688-1901 (Oxford University Press, 2012). He is also book reviews editor of Archives (the journal of the British Records Association) and co-editor, with Dr. Geordan Hammond, of Wesley and Methodist Studies. He is, with Dr. Peter Forsaith and Dr. Martin Wellings, editor of the forthcoming Ashgate Research Companion to World Methodism (Ashgate, 2013). He has also recently been appointed to the editorial advisory board for History and Religion of Oxford University Press’s Oxford Research Directions.
His research project at the Wesleyan Center is to undertake a detailed analysis of John Wesley’s four volume Concise History of England (1775-6).
“I am very grateful to PLNU and to Dr. Mark Mann for my appointment as visiting scholar as it has given me a period of time away from other commitments to study Wesley’s Concise History of England in detail. At 350,000 words it isn’t very concise and it covers more than just English history; and few scholars know that Wesley wrote this book. However it sheds considerable light on Wesley’s historical and political preoccupations and interests. It is no coincidence that he wrote it at a time when events in North America (which Wesley watched closely) were reaching a climax, and consequently he grapples explicitly with ideas of authority and liberty. It is also clear that Wesley sought to identify heroes and villains in history, his two –fairly unlikely- heroes were Richard III and Mary Queen of Scots (who he spend a large number of pages defending) and his principal villain was, perhaps surprisingly, Charles II –in his words, ‘a worse man never sat on the English throne’. Undoubtedly chastity and frugality were important factors in these judgements. I hope that when the study is complete it will form the basis for an article in a journal.”
-- William Gibson
Doug Daugherty, Indiana Wesleyan University, Spring 2012
Dr. Doug Daugherty joins the Wesleyan Center from Indiana Wesleyan University. Dr. Daugherty is a licensed clinical psychologist, certified in the treatment of substance disorders with the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Indiana Association of Addiction Professionals (IAAP). He coordinated the IWU Addictions Counseling Program for 13 years, which was the first program accredited by NAADAC. Dr. Daugherty has taught at the university level for many years and has approximately 25 years of clinical experience. He has published in the area of recidivism and served as an evaluator for several problem-solving courts and treatment programs. He is the founder of Grace House for Recovery, a Christian recovery home in Marion, Indiana. His research interests include the habits and experiences of Christian exemplars; outcome and process evaluation of problem-solving courts; integrative theories of addiction; and positive psychology.
"I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be pursuing scholarship with the support and hospitality of Dr. Mark Mann and the Wesleyan Center in the coming weeks. My current research project, in conjunction with Indiana Wesleyan University colleagues, is in the area of spiritual formation. Specifically, we are studying contemporary Christian exemplars through the lens of psychology in order to better understand and illuminate their beliefs, behavior, and experiences. We are interested in “everyday” Christian exemplars. These are the not so uncommon saints we look up to in many of our congregations. These individuals are widely recognized for loving God/others and living the fruits of the spirit. During my time here in San Diego, I hope to add several west coast participants to our study. I will also be doing some data management, qualitative analysis, and writing. This study involves a mixed research design involving both interviews with exemplars and ecological momentary assessment data. "
- Doug Daugherty