Wallace L. Daniel

Wallace L. Daniel Provost

Dr. Wallace Daniel began his tenure as Mercer’s Provost on July 1, 2008, following a 30-plus year career at Baylor University, where he most recently served as the Ralph L. and Bessie Mae Lynn Professor of History and editor of the Journal of Church and State. From 1996-2005 Dr. Daniel served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Baylor’s largest academic unit with more than 400 faculty and 6,500 students.  He also served as founding director of the Slavic Studies Program from 1986 to 1996, chair of the History Department from 1992 to 1996, and director of the Honors Program from 1991 to 2003. An honors graduate in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Daniel received his Ph.D. from the same institution, specializing in Russia. He twice has been awarded IREX fellowships and three times Fulbright-Hays Fellowships to Russia and the former Soviet Union.  Dr. Daniel’s publications include Grigorii Teplov: A Statesman at the Court of Catherine the Great, and, most recently (Autumn 2006) The Orthodox Church and Civil Society in Russia; (Autumn 2008) Perspectives on Church-State Relations in Russia, ed. Wallace L. Daniel, Peter L. Berger, and Christopher Marsh; and (Winter 2009) “Father Alexander Men and the Struggle to Recover Russia’s Heritage,” in Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization. His articles on intellectual and social history, as well as on church and state issues, are published in Russian Review, The Slavonic and East European Review, Canadian-American Slavic Studies, Russian Review (in Russian), Religion, State and Society, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Demokratizatsiya, and Journal of Church and State.  Currently, he is working on a new project, an intellectual biography of Father Aleksandr Men.  Dr. Daniel is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.