Professor Brian Stanley (MA PhD)

Professor in World Christianity, Director Centre for the Study of World Christianity and Director of Postgraduate Studies


Brian Stanley read history at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and stayed on in Cambridge for his PhD on the place of missionary enthusiasm in Victorian religion.  He has taught in theological colleges and universities in London, Bristol, and Cambridge, and from 1996 to 2001 was Director of the Currents in World Christianity Project in the University of Cambridge.  He was a Fellow of St Edmund's College, Cambridge, from 1996 to 2008, and joined the University of Edinburgh in January 2009.

Professor Stanley has written or edited eight books and numerous articles, mostly in the field of the history of Christian missions.  His most recent book is The Global Diffusion of Evangelicalism: The Age of Billy Graham and John Stott (Inter-Varsity Press, 2013).  He is currently working on a world history of Christianity in the twentieth century for Princeton University Press.

Responsibilities & affiliations

External appointments

Editor, Studies in World Christianity (Edinburgh University Press).

Joint series editor, Studies in the History of Christian Missions (Wm. B. Eerdmans).

Member of editorial board, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Cambridge University Press.

Undergraduate teaching

Course manager and teacher of History of Christianity as a World Religion 1B (ECHS08004).

Course manager and sole teacher of Evangelism and Empire: Christianity in Africa 1800 to the present (ECHS10016)

Postgraduate teaching

Course manager and teacher of Concepts and Methods in the Study of World Christianity  (WRCH).

Course manager and sole teacher of History of Christianity in Africa (WRCH11003)

Course manager and sole teacher of Critical Debates in Christian Mission (WRCH)

Teacher of Selected Themes in the Study of World Christianity (WRCH11014)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

More information about research projects by Professor Stanley are available on his Edinburgh Research Explorer profile.

Affiliated research centres

Research activities

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View all 88 publications on Research Explorer