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Davis, Lane

Lane Davis

Instructor of Religion


Phone: (334)833-4220
Office: Flowers 319


  • Master of Arts, Ph.D. anticipated 2022, History of the Christian Tradition, Southern Methodist University
  • Master of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School
  • Bachelor of Arts, Huntingdon College


Dr. Lane Davis returned to his undergraduate alma mater to serve in the Department of Religion faculty in 2021. He has served as a teaching assistant and guest lecturer for the Dedman College of Humanities and Science at SMU and as a teaching assistant for the Perkins School of Theology at SMU. He was a guest lecturer for Vanderbilt Divinity School in fall 2017and served as a teaching assistant for Boston University’s Metropolitan College in 2009. Since 2020 he has served as a book reviewer and podcast host for the New Books Network while teaching at SMU. An ordained elder in the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church, Mr. Davis served as lead pastor for discipleship ministry at Brentwood United Methodist Church in Nashville from 2015 to 2018; as minister to youth and families for Dunwoody UMC in Dunwoody, Georgia, from 2010 to 2015; and as director of worship at Covenant UMC in Dothan, Alabama, in 2004–2005.


Edited Volumes:

  • “Evangelical Religion and the Public Sphere: Dynamics of Religious Expression and Regulation.” In Imagination and the Public Sphere, edited by Susan G. Cumings. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012. 63-82.

Articles in Preparation:

  • “The Origins of Methodist Tradition: The Liberal Orthodox Influence of Robert C. Calhoun on Albert C. Outler.”

Other Publications:

  • “Cultivating an Institutional Imagination,” Firebrand Magazine, November 2020


  • Wesleyan Studies Summer Seminar, Asbury Theological Seminary, June 2021
  • Hayek Fund, Institute for Humane Studies at George Washington University, March 2021
  • John Wesley Fellow, A Foundation for Theological Education, 2020
  • Graduate Student Funding, SMU Dedman College Graduate Student Association, 2020
  • Graduate Student Travel Grant, American Historical Association, 2019


  • “Institutionalizing a Pandemic: Texas Methodism and the 1918 Flu,” American Academy of Religion, Accepted for Fall 2021
  • “Evangelical Religion and the Public Sphere,” Southern Humanities Conference, 2008


Academics, Religion

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