I am the Meldrum Lecturer in Reformed Theology at New College, the University of Edinburgh. Prior to this, I was a postdoctoral research fellow, and then senior researcher in systematic and historical theology, at the Theologische Universiteit Kampen. I hold undergraduate degrees in law (LLB Hons, Aberdeen) and theology (BTh Dist., Glasgow). My PhD, on the Dutch systematician Herman Bavinck, was written at the University of Edinburgh.
I work as a systematic and historical theologian. To date, the bulk of my research and writing has focused on neo-Calvinism, a form of Reformed Christianity that developed between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the Netherlands, and that has continued to evolve in a range of international contexts. My first book, Trinity and Organism, was published by Bloomsbury in 2012. More recently, I was the co-editor of Neo-Calvinism and the French Revolution, with the same publisher. My most recent book, Herman Bavinck on Preaching and Preachers, was published by Hendrickson in 2017.
I have broad interests in Reformed theologies and theologians, with particular foci on Scottish-Dutch Reformed connections, public theology, and the relationship of theology to the phenomenon of multilingualism.
I speak, read and write English, Scottish Gaelic, Dutch and French.