Dr. Michael Hammond

Michael D. HammondAssociate Professor of History
Department Chair of History, Legal & Leadership Studies
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BA, Taylor University
MA in Theological Studies: Religion in American Life, Wheaton College
PhD, University of Arkansas


Dr. Michael Hammond serves Southeastern University as associate professor of history and chair of the Department of Historical, Legal & Leadership Studies. Raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Dr. Hammond received his bachelor’s degree from Taylor University, where he served as student body president. After graduation, he spent three years on the Washington staff of U.S. Sen. Dan Coats. He earned his Master of Arts in Theological Studies: Religion in American Life from Wheaton College and then returned to Taylor as director of leadership development for six years.

In 2005, Dr. Hammond and his wife, Jennifer, moved with their four young children to Fayetteville, Arkansas. Dr. Hammond studied for his PhD at the University of Arkansas alongside David Chappell, one of the preeminent scholars of religion and civil rights in the United States. Two years into the program, Dr. Hammond and Jennifer were blessed with twin girls. He graduated with his degree in four years, receiving distinctive awards for writing, research, and teaching while at Arkansas.

Dr. Hammond’s primary research areas are American Christianity, church history, civil rights and race issues, the South, and political movements. One of his most popular courses at Southeastern is an upper-level history course titled Baseball and America. He regularly writes articles about Christianity and history for the Religion in American History blog. Since coming to Southeastern in 2009, he has contributed to many governance committees, including the Strategic Planning and University Governance Task Forces. He currently serves as the chair of the Faculty Council.

Dr. Hammond and his wife live with their six children in Lakeland, Florida.