James Davison Hunter is the Labrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture, and Social Theory at the University of Virginia and Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He completed his doctorate at Rutgers University in 1981 and joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1983.
Professor Hunter has written seven books, edited three books, and published a wide range of essays, articles, and reviews all variously concerned with the problem of meaning and moral order in a time of political and cultural change in American life. More recently, he published The Death of Character: Moral Education in an Age without Good or Evil (2000); Is There a Culture War? A Dialogue on Values and American Public Life (with Alan Wolfe, 2006); and To Change the World (2010).
Since 1995, Professor Hunter has served as founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, a university-based, interdisciplinary research center concerned with understanding contemporary cultural change and its implications for individuals, institutions, and society.
Over the years, his research findings have been presented to audiences on National Public Radio and C-Span, at the National Endowment for the Arts, and at dozens of colleges and universities around the country including Columbia, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, and the New School for Social Research. In 2004, Professor Hunter was appointed by the White House and confirmed by the Senate to join the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He also has been a consultant to the White House, the Bicentennial Commission for the U.S. Constitution, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the National Commission on Civic Renewal.