Richard R. Follett

Professor of History
On faculty since 2001





PhD, Washington University, 1996
MA, Washington University, 1992
BA, Arizona State University, 1986


Professional Interests

My teaching responsibilities at Covenant College include the European history survey and upper division European history courses, as well as the history of modern political theory. My special areas of interest include crime and the law in eighteenth and nineteenth-century England, Evangelicalism and nineteenth-century British politics, imperialism and culture, and European integration since 1945. I am currently working on a biography of the British law reformer and anti-slavery activist Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton (1786-1845), who succeeded William Wilberforce as leader of the abolitionist movement in the 1820s.


Personal Interests

Although teaching and research demand a lot of time during the school year, I am actively involved in adult recreational soccer, supporting my wife and our three daughters in various activities, and in following local political and social issues. I served as deacon in a PCA church in St. Louis prior to moving to Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, and in fall 2007 my family started attending Highlands Presbyterian Church in Lafayette, Georgia.


Covenant Activities

I currently serve the campus as Pre-Law Advisor and have been active on the Academic Standards Committee of the Faculty since fall of 2002. For several years I have been active with our course for new students, The Christian Mind: A Covenant Perspective. The interaction with incoming students has led to my serving the past several summers as the new student advisor, helping students new to Covenant to get registered in the right courses for their majors and career interests as they prepare for their first semester.


Professional Membership

  • American Historical Association
  • North American Conference on British Studies
  • Western Conference on British Studies


Recent Publications

"After Emancipation: Thomas Fowell Buxton and Evangelical Politics in the 1830s," in Parliamentary History, Vol. 27, Issue 1 (February 2008), 119-129.

Review of John Wolffe, The Expansion of Evangelicalism: The Age of Wilberforce, More, Chalmers and Finney, Vol. 2 of A History of Evangelicalism, ed. David W. Bebbington and Mark Noll. In Fide et Historia, forthcoming.

Evangelicalism, Penal Theory and the Politics of Criminal Law Reform in England, 1808-30. London: Palgrave Press. 2001.



Dr. Alicia Jackson

Dr. Alicia Jackson was awarded a grant from The Louisville Institute. The institute is interested in advancing American religious and theological scholarship.

Stephanie Taylor and Christina Warner

Stephanie Taylor '15 & Christina Warner '16 talk about their experience learning how to faithfully interact and reflect upon the discipline of studying history.

Jonathan Mullen

History major Jonathan Mullen practices transactional law while striving to "protect the reputation of the gospel" in his professional relationships.

Isaac Van Puffelen

"I enjoy Dr. Green’s Intro to History class because he presents history differently than my high school teachers did. During the first few classes we discussed what history is. Some people believe that history is what happened in the past or just a compilation of facts; but we defined history as the act of selecting, analyzing, and writing about the past. Dr. Green made me want to stay a history major."
 - Isaac Van Puffelen '18
Josh Good '98 reflects on his time studying history at Covenant and discusses the path to his career at the American Enterprise Institute.