More About the Author
DAVID HEIN, historian and educator
Affiliated Scholar, The John Jay Institute, Philadelphia, PA
Professor, Hood College, Frederick, MD
Dr Hein was educated at St Paul's School (Brooklandville, MD), the University of Virginia, and the University of Chicago. At his undergraduate school, UVa, he was elected to membership in the Raven Society and Omicron Delta Kappa; he was, in addition, an Echols Scholar and a Lawn Resident. During the summer following his third undergraduate year, he was an English-Speaking Union Scholar at Oxford University, where he read British literature with the legendary tutor Dorothy Bednarowska.
His PhD thesis became the first of his ten books: "Essays on Lincoln's Faith and Politics" (coauthor with Hans J. Morgenthau; 1983), recently called a "pioneering" study in the Lincoln field by historian Mark Noll. An edited collection, "Religion and Politics in Maryland on the Eve of the Civil War: The Letters of W. Wilkins Davis" (rev. ed., 2009), won an award from the American Association for State and Local History. "The Episcopalians" (2004) was a selection of the History Book Club.
Lately, Professor Hein has focused his research on the period of the Second World War: "In War for Peace: General George C. Marshall's Core Convictions and Ethical Leadership," Touchstone (March 2013); "Counterpoint to Combat: The Education of Airborne Commander James M. Gavin," ARMY (July 2013); and "Vulnerable: HMS Prince of Wales in 1941," Journal of Military History (July 2013). An earlier article on the war appeared in Anglican and Episcopal History: "Hugh Lister (1901-1944): Priest, Labor Leader, Combatant Officer" (2001).
Dr Hein's writings also include more than 50 articles in Modern Age, the Mississippi Quarterly, Cross Currents, the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, the Christian Century, Theology, and other distinguished journals.
His 2005 Mississippi Quarterly article, "The Reverend Mr. Shegog's Easter Sermon: Preaching as Communion in Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury," will be reprinted in 2014 in a collection of critical essays (Salem Press) on this great novel.
A well-known historian, David Hein has been interviewed by NBC News, the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Associated Press, Religion News Service, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and other media outlets.
In 2000-01 and 2007-08, he served as an interim Dean of the Faculty. Twice he has received his institution's highest faculty award for scholarship and teaching.
In 2011 he was nominated and elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (UK) in recognition of his "original" and "significant" contributions to historical scholarship.
Dr Hein has delivered a number of invited, endowed lectures, the latest of which was the Jaak Seynaeve Memorial Lecture at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in 2012. Presentations in 2013 included a public lecture, "Churchill, Roosevelt, and HMS Prince of Wales," at the George C. Marshall Foundation, Lexington, VA, and "Education for Leadership: Marshall, Eisenhower, and Gavin," Saratoga Fellows Lecture, at the John Jay Institute, Philadelphia, PA.