C. John Sommerville is the author of a number of books including The Decline of the Secular University (Oxford University Press, 2006), Religion in the National Agenda (Baylor University Press, 2009), and Religious Ideas for Secular Universities (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishers, 2009).
He is Professor Emeritus of English History at the University of Florida, but his interests have also included the history of the media (How the News Makes Us Dumb. InterVarsity Press, 1999) and of attitudes toward children (The Rise and Fall of Childhood. Vintage, 1990). His writing covers a wide variety of topics. After doing graduate work at the University of Iowa, Sommerville began his teaching in the Western Civilization program at Stanford University, before moving to a permanent position at the University of Florida. A Member of the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton and Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Center for the Study of World Religions, he also recently contributed to the Pew Younger Scholars’ Mentoring Program.