About

I am the Hunt Family Assistant Professor of History at Duke University. My main interest is in the intellectual history of modern Europe, focusing on themes of religion, welfare, and the family. In addition to academic venues, I have published in more popular ones like The Nation, Dissent, and The Washington Post. I can be contacted at james.chappel@duke.edu.

My first book appeared from Harvard University Press in 2018 under the title Catholic Modern: The Challenge of Totalitarianism and the Remaking of the Church. For more information on that, and links to reviews, you can click the link above. I am at work on a new project on the history of old age, tentatively entitled The Ends of Life: Old Age and the Quest for Meaning in Modern Germany.