James Gregory Chappel

Assistant Professor in the Department of History

External address: 
327 Carr Building, Durham, NC 27708-0719
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
Office hours: 

(on leave, 2016-17)


I study the intellectual, political, and religious history of modern Europe. I am currently completing a manuscript entitled "Spiritual Welfare: Catholic Political Economy in Twentieth Century Europe" (forthcoming from Harvard University Press). This work studies Catholic social-economic thought as a transnational whole, arguing that it had massive and overlooked impact on the shape of post-1945 Europe, where its influence was mediated through the new Christian Democratic parties that swept to power across the continent. I am also working, as a second project, on the institutional and social-scientific consolidation of the family in post-1945 Europe, and I am particularly interested in how the "problem of aging" is conceived and administered.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Columbia University 2012

Chappel, JG. "The Fox Is Still Running: Isaiah Berlin's Continuing Relevance." In The Book of Isaiah,edited by H Hardy. Boydell & Brewer Ltd, September 1, 2013. (Essay)

Chappel, JG. "Holy Wars: Secularism and the Invention of Religion." Boston Review, no. May/June 2016 (2016). (Review)

Chappel, JG. "An Economy of Miracles: Catholicism, Social Science, and Capitalism in West Germany (Accepted)." New German Critique: an interdisciplinary journal of German studies (2015).

Chappel, JG. "Review of Thomas Großbölting, "Der verlorene Himmel, Glaube in Deutschland seit 1945"." Journal of Modern History 87 (2015). (Review)

Chappel, JG. "A Servant Heart: How Neoliberalism Came to Be." Boston Review (2015). (Scholarly Commentary)

Chappel, JG. "Nihilism and the Cold War: The Catholic Reception of Nihilism between Nietzsche and Adenauer (Accepted)." Rethinking History: the journal of theory and practice 17, no. 1 (2014).

Chappel, JG. "“Beyond Tocquville: A Plea to Stop ‘Taking Religion Seriously’.”." Modern Intellectual History 10 (October 2013): 697-708. (Academic Article)

Chappel, JG. "A Mechanical Style in Our Joys: Time, Space, and Discipline in British Sports." Crossings: A Counter-Disciplinary Journal, no. 8 (September 3, 2012): 77-115.

CHAPPEL, JAMES. "THE CATHOLIC ORIGINS OF TOTALITARIANISM THEORY IN INTERWAR EUROPE." Modern Intellectual History 8, no. 03 (November 2011): 561-590. Full Text


Chappel, JG. "Catholic Political Economy and the European Welfare State in the Long 1950s (Accepted)." Triangle Intellectual History Seminar. Natioanal Humanities Center. 2014.

Chappel, JG. "Ehe als Beruf: Katholizismus, Sexualität, und Demokratie, 1920-1950." Siegkatholiken, Kulturpessimisten, Gegenintellekruelle. Fridrich Schiller Universität. September 6, 2013.

Chappel, JG. "Rhenish Catholicism, Social Science, and the Origins of Welfare Capitalism in West Germany, 1945-1949." Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy. Columbia University. April 1, 2012.

Chappel, JG. "After the Expulsion: Rhenish Catholicism between Weimar and the Cold War." Annual Meeting of the German Studies Association. Louisville, KY. September 1, 2011.

Chappel, JG. "The Catholic Origins of Totalitarian Theory: Waldemar Gurian between Europe and America, 1920-1950." Annual Meeting of the German Studies Association. Oakland, CA. October 1, 2010.

Chappel, JG. "The End of Ideology and the Beginning of Religion: The Catholic Contribution to Cold War Liberalism." Political Theory and Intellectual History Workshop. Columbia University. April 1, 2010.

Chappel, JG. "Deutscher Held oder preußischer Barbar? Das Bild Martin Luthers in der katholischen Publizistik der Weimarar Republik." Katholische Publizistik im 20. Jahrhundert. University of Eichstätt. August 1, 2009.

Chappel, JG. "A Machine for Making Catholics: The Constitution of the 'Catholic Intellectual' in Edwardian Britan." Religion, Sainthood, and Nationhood. University of Illinois. April 1, 2009.