Brian Franklin joined the Center for Presidential History as Associate Director in the Summer of 2012 after completing his doctoral work at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on American religious and political history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Brian’s current manuscript project, America's Missions: The Home Missions Movement and the Story of the Early Republic, explores the role of Protestant mission societies in shaping the political, regional, and denominational world of the early republic. He has forthcoming publications on the subjects of American missionary history, the organization of antebellum evangelical reform movements, and the disestablishment of the church in New England.
At the Center for Presidential History, Dr. Franklin oversees the Collective Memory Project, an ongoing, filmed oral history project dedicated to enhancing the archival record of the George W. Bush presidency. He is the editor and webmaster of "The Election of 2004," the first published iteration of the Collective Memory Project.
Brian also serves as Adjunct Professor in the Department of History at SMU where he teaches Texas History and U.S. History.