Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals

Founded in 1982 by evangelical historians Mark A. Noll of Wheaton College and Nathan O. Hatch of the University of Notre Dame, the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals serves as a center for research while functioning as a program of Wheaton College.

Conferences and conference-generated books have been one of the Institute's most important contributions. To date, the ISAE has been the driving force behind nearly thirty published volumes. Each academic conference and project results in a monograph or an edited volume of essays.

In addition to conferences, the ISAE has undertaken longer-term research projects that fund a portion of the work of several scholars. These projects have included studies about the impact of the foreign missions movement on North America, the financing of American evangelicalism, and most recently a study of American hymnody. The core support of these projects orginates in grants from foundations such as the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and The Pew Charitable Trusts, as well as gifts from individual donors.

In addition to the projects ISAE oversees, the ISAE publishes a quarterly newsletter. The Evangelical Studies Bulletin contains reviews of recent scholarship and news about recent publications, academic conferences, plus listings of sources of financial support for individual scholars.