James Davison Hunter is LaBrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture and Social Theory at the University of Virginia. He completed his doctorate at Rutgers University in 1981 and joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1983.
Mr. Hunter has written 8 books, edited 3 books, and published a wide range
of essays, articles, and reviews all variously concerned with the problem
of meaning and moral order in a time of political and cultural change
in American life. Most recently, he published The Death of Character:
Moral Education in an Age without Good or Evil (2000) and Is There A Culture
War? A Dialogue on Values and American Public Life, (with Alan Wolfe,
2006). These works have earned him national recognition and numerous literary
awards. In 1988 he received the Distinguished Book Award from the Society
for the Scientific Study of Religion for Evangelicalism: The Coming Generation.
In 1991 he was the recipient of the Gustavus Myers Award for the Study
of Human Rights for Articles of Faith; Articles of Peace. The Los Angeles
Times named Mr. Hunter as a finalist for their 1992 Book Prize for Culture
Wars: The Struggle to Define America. In 2004, he was appointed by the
White House to a six-year term to the National Council of the National
Endowment for the Humanities. In 2005, he won the Richard M. Weaver Prize
for Scholarly Letters.
Since 1995, Professor Hunter has served as the
Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, a university-based,
interdisciplinary research center concerned with understanding contemporary
cultural change and its implications for individuals, institutions, and
society. Under his direction, the Institute sponsors university-wide colloquia,
provides doctoral and post-doctoral research support, holds conferences,
fields national surveys of public opinion on the changing political culture
of late 20th and early 21st century America and publishes an award-winning
journal, The Hedgehog Review: Critical Reflections on Contemporary Culture.
Over the years, his research findings have been presented to audiences
on National Public Radio and C-Span, at the National Endowment for the
Arts and at dozens of colleges and universities around the country including
Columbia, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, and Holy Cross College. He
also has been a consultant to the White House, the Bicentennial Commission
for the U.S. Constitution, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the National
Commission on Civic Renewal.
The Coming Generation. Chicago and London: University of
Chicago Press, 1987. 302 pp. (Paperback edition, 1988) Winner of
the 1988 Distinguished Book Award of the Society for the Scientific
Study of Religion. Also selected by Choice as one of the
outstanding scholarly books of 1987.
Wars: The Struggle to Define America. New York: Basic Books,
1991, 430 pp. (Paperback edition, 1992) Selected as an alternate
in the Book of the Month Club, the History Book Club and the Quality
Paperback Book Club. Finalist, 1992 L.A. Times Book Prize;
1992 Critics-Choice Award (Christianity Today); Honorable
Mention, Phi Beta Kappa Book Competition.