Michael W. Hamilton

Assistant Professor of Religion
Department Chair
ThM, Princeton Theological Seminary
MDiv, Boston University School of Theology
BA, San Francisco State University

Mike Hamilton was appointed to the faculty in 2004. Prior to coming to Principia, he served for 20 years as a U.S. Navy chaplain endorsed by The Mother Church. His assignments included naval training centers, a support ship, a Marine battalion, an overseas assignment at a Naval Air Station in Sicily, and a military prison. For several years, he developed training and curriculum for chaplains and their assistants serving with the Marine Corps. Mike worked closely with members of many faiths and gained expertise in management of relief funding and interfaith volunteer supervision. The Navy selected him for a year of additional postgraduate study in Social and Christian Ethics in 1996.

Professor Hamilton’s areas of research and scholarly interest include American religions, religion and education, religion and social ethics, comparative religions, and biblical studies.
Professor Hamilton is a member of:

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Society of Biblical Literature

A few of his selected publications are:
“Mary Baker Eddy” entry in Dictionary of Women Interpreters of the Bible, Baker Academic Press (forthcoming)

 “Reader Response to the Yearning for Zion Ranch Raid and Its Aftermath on the Websites of the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News,” in Saints Under Siege, New York University Press (2011)
 “Mary Baker Eddy’s Households: Community experiments in early Christian Science History,” in Communitarian Studies, Fall 2008

To learn more about Professor Hamilton and his contributions to Principia College, tune in to the “College Faculty Spotlight” Talk Show on Principia Internet Radio, linked below.