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Bill Trollinger

Professor; Director of Core Integrated Studies Program

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: History, Religious Studies, Core


Email: Bill Trollinger
Phone: 937-229-2827


Dr. Trollinger graduated with a B.A. in English and History from Bethel College (Minn.) in 1977. He then attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he completed a Ph.D. in U.S. history with a focus on social history. Prior to coming to the University of Dayton in 1996, he was an assistant professor of history at the College of the Ozarks and an associate professor of history at Messiah College. He has written extensively on American evangelicalism and fundamentalism, creationism, the religious “nones,” and the Ku Klux Klan. He currently teaches undergraduate courses for the Department of History and M.A./Ph.D. courses for the Religious Studies Department (while also directing doctoral dissertations). Finally, Dr. Trollinger directs the Core Integrated Studies Program. 

Selected publications

Righting America at the Creation Museum. With Susan Trollinger. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016. Accompanying website and blog at

The Antievolution Pamphlets of William Bell Riley. Editor, with introductory essay. Vol. IV, Creationism in Twentieth-Century America, ed. Ronald Numbers. Abingdon UK: Routledge Revivals, 2021.

“Religious Non-Affiliation: Expelled by the Right.” Empty Churches: Non-Affiliation in America.. Eds. James L. Heft and Jan E. Stets. New York: Oxford University Press, 2021.

“Fundamentalism and Creationism.” With Susan Trollinger. Oxford Handbook of Christian Fundamentalism. Eds. Andrew Atherstone and David Ceri Jones. New York: Oxford University Press, 2022.

“The Bible and Creationism.” With Susan Trollinger. The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in America. Ed. Paul Gutjahr. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.