MacLean, Iain S. 1956–
MacLean, Iain S. 1956–
(Iain Stewart Maclean)
PERSONAL: Born January 6, 1956, in Belville, Cape Province, South Africa; son of William Mathie (a marine engineer) and Elizabeth Maclean; married Jennifer Kay Berenson (a college professor), November 14, 1991; children: Rachel Megan, Duncan Berenson. Ethnicity: "Euro-African." Education: University of Cape Town, B.A. (English and Greek), 1976; Rhodes University, B.D., 1980; University of South Africa, B.A. (Greek and Latin; with honors), 1981, B.Th. (with honors), 1986; Princeton Theological Seminary, Th.M., 1985; Harvard University, Th.D., 1996. Hobbies and other interests: Archeology, books, philately.
CAREER: Presbyterian minister and chaplain in Namibia, 1980–81, and Transvaal, South Africa, 1981–84; religious education director in Lincoln, MA, 1985–87; Christian education director at a Congregational church in Boylston, MA, 1987–91; interim pastor of a Congregational church in Boston, MA, 1991–95; Roanoke College, Salem, VA, visiting assistant professor, 1995–96, adjunct professor of religion and philosophy, 1996–97; Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA, visiting assistant professor of religion, 1997–98; James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, assistant professor, 1998–2001, associate professor of philosophy and religion, 2001–, director of preseminary program, 1998–. University of Massachusetts at Boston, adjunct professor, 1992–93; Simmons College, adjunct professor, 1995. Conducted field research among theologians, social scientists, and political activists in South Africa, 1987 and 1992; archaeological photographer and assistant for a field project at St. Catherine's Monastery in Egypt, 1987; conducted field research in Brazil, 1994.
AWARDS, HONORS: Bronze Medal, South African philatelic exhibition, Cape Town, 1973; Springbok Scout Award, 1973; prize from South African Historia, 1973, for the article "Wupperthal: History of a Mission;" James Madison University, Edna T. Schaefer Scholarship, 2000, James Madison scholar for research, 2005–06.
(Editor, with Diana Edelman) God, Meaning, and Morality, Harcourt (New York, NY), 1998, 2nd edition, 2000.
(Editor, with Jeffrey D. Schultz, and contributor) Encyclopedia of Religion in American Politics, Oryx (Phoenix, AZ), 1999.
Opting for Democracy: Liberation Theology and the Struggle for Democracy in Brazil, Peter Lang (New York, NY), 1999.
(Associate editor, with Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez) Encyclopedia of Religion and War, Routledge (New York, NY), 2004.
Reconciliation: Nations and Churches in Latin America, Ashgate Publishing (Burlington, VT), 2006.
Contributor to encyclopedias. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Religion and Theology and South African Historia. Book review subeditor, Sixteenth Century Journal.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
James Madison University Web site: Iain S. Maclean Home Page, http://people.jmu.edu/macleaix (October 5, 2006).