Abram Van Engen
Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 1122
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
Abram Van Engen’s research and teaching interests include early American literature and culture, Puritanism, sentimentalism, and religion. His first book, Sympathetic Puritans: Calvinist Fellow Feeling in Early New England (Oxford University Press, 2015), argues that a Calvinist theology of sympathy helped shape the culture of early New England, affecting definitions of English identity, conceptions of community, relations with Native Americans, and the development of American literature. His current book project traces a history of John Winthrop's "city on a hill" sermon, A Model of Christian Charity, from 1630 to the present day.