David Harrington Watt is the Douglas and Dorothy Steere Professor of Quaker Studies.
The courses he teaches include: "Exclusion, Inclusion, and the U. S. Academy," "Quakers, War, Slavery, and Freedom;" "Reinventing Quakerism: Haverford College, Rufus Jones, and the Rise of Liberal Quakerism;" and "Ethical Struggles in Catastrophic Times: Quakers' Responses to the Holocaust." His current research focuses on liberal religion and on the history of the Society of Friends in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
Watt's publications include: Henry Cadbury: Quaker, Pacifist, and Skeptic (forthcoming, co-written with James Krippner); The Creation of Modern Quaker Diversity, 1830-1937 (2023, co-edited with Stephen Angell and Pink Dandelion); Antifundamentalism in Modern America (2017); Fundamentalism: Perspectives on a Contested History (2014, co-edited with Simon Wood); Bible-Carrying Christians: Conservative Protestants and Social Power (2002); and A Transforming Faith: Explorations of Twentieth-Century Evangelicalism (1991).
In collaboration with Laura Levitt and Tracy Fessenden, Watt edits a series, North American Religions, for NYU Press. More than twenty-five authors have written books for the series; the books explore topics such as lived religion, popular religious movements, religion and social power, religion and cultural reproduction, and the relationship between secular and religious practices.
Over the course of his career, Watt's work has been supported by the Council of Independent Colleges, the Fulbright Scholars Program, Harvard University, Haverford College, the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicalism, the Lilly Endowment, the Louisville Institute, Princeton University, Temple University, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the University of Chicago. He received a PhD from Harvard and an AB from Berkeley. Watt grew up in the deserts of Southern California and in the American South.