Ben McArthur, Ph.D.

ben mcarthur

Professor of History

Office: Brock Hall 3102


Phone: 423.236.2418


BA, Andrews University

MA,University of Chicago

Ph.D., University of Chicago


Benjamin McArthur specializes in American History. His scholarship has focused on late nineteenth--and early twentieth century cultural history. His teaching, however, ranges from colonial history to History of the South to recent political history. McArthur came to Collegedale directly from graduate school in 1979 and has stayed here ever since, with the exception of a three-year stint at Southwestern Adventist University, where he served as academic dean.

After writing two books on the history of American theater, McArthur's scholarly focus has changed to the Adventist Church. He is well into a biography of Arthur G. Daniells, longest serving president of the General Conference. He also enjoys writing screenplays.

But even more than research and writing, McArthur enjoys the classroom, which provides an opportunity to talk with students about important events, ambitions, and ideas that have shaped our tradition.