Richard W. Cogley



Office Location

Hyer Hall 300H




B.A., Franklin and Marshall College; M.Div., Yale University; Ph.D., Princeton University

Richard W. Cogley has taught at SMU since 1987, and served as departmental chair between 1999 and 2008. During his time as chair, the department expanded in size from four faculty members to eight. Priot to arriving at SMU, he taught at North Carolina State University, Loyola Marymount University, and Reed College. His area of specialization is religion in early modern Europe and in colonial America, and his special interest is in Puritan interpretations of biblical prophecy. He will retire from teaching in May 2020 and retire from SMU in the summer of 2021.

Courses Taught

  • Judaism, Christianity, and the Bible
  • The History of Christianity
  • Religion in the United States
  • Religious Sects in America
  • Religion and Politics in Early Modern Europe
  • Women and Religion in America
  • Introduction to Western Religion

Select Publications

    • "'Some Other Kinde of Being and Condition': The Controversy over the Peopling of Ancient America in mid-Seventeenth-Century England," Journal of the History of Ideas 68 (2007): 35-56.
    • "'The Most Vile and Barbarous Nation of all the World': Giles  Fletcher, the Elder's The Tartars Or, Ten Tribes (ca. 1610)," The Renaissance Quarterly 58 (2005): 781-814.
    • "The Ancestry of the American Indians: Thomas Thorowgood's Iews in America (1650) and Jews in America (1660)," English Literary Renaissance 35 (2005): 304-330.
    • "The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Restoration of Israel in the 'Judeocentric' Strand of Puritan Millenarianism," Church History 72 (2003): 304-332.
    • John Eliot’s Mission to the Indians before King Philip’s War (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1999).


            In 2019 he received the Perrine Prize from Phi Beta Kappa.