Robert G. Ingram

I am an historian at Ohio University, where I teach courses in early modern British and European religious, political, and intellectual history. Born and brought up in Ruston, Louisiana, I did my undergraduate work at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and my doctoral work at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. The director of the George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics, and Institutions, I am a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the outgoing president of the Southern Conference on British Studies. During 2012–2013, I will be on sabbatical thanks to a fellowship from the Religion and Innovation in Human Affairs Program.

My research concerns religion and society in Britain during the long eighteenth century. In addition to co-editing Religious Identities in Britain, 1660–1832 (2005), I have published Religion, Reform and Modernity in the Eighteenth Century: Thomas Secker and the Church of England (2007).

I am currently at work on two projects which illuminate the ways that the eighteenth-century English remained traumatized by the °•troubles°¶ of the previous century. The first A Warfare on Earth: Religion and Enlightenment from Newton to Hume, explores the relationship of theology, natural philosophy, and history, c. 1714–1760, by way of the intertwined careers of Conyers Middleton, William Warburton, Daniel Waterland, and Zachary Grey. The second, 'Popish Cut-throats against us': England, Ireland, and the Burden of History in the Eighteenth Century, is a book-length study which examines the place of Ireland in the English official mind, c. 1714-83, especially regarding religion.

My wife, Jill, our two daughters, Claire and Lucy, and I live in Athens, Ohio.

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