Dr. David G. Hackett is Professor and former Chair in the Department of Religion at the University of Florida. His books include the Rude Hand of Innovation: Religion and Social Order in Albany, New York (1991); Religion and American Culture (2003); and, most recently, That Religion in Which All Men Agree: Freemasonry in American Culture (2014). In 2012 Dr. Hackett was the University of Florida’s Teacher of the Year.
As a child, Professor Hackett boarded a ship in California with his parents and set out for Japan. He would return for seventh grade and eleventh grade and later teach there in an international school. Dr. Hackett’s father, the son of missionaries, was born and raised in Kobe and subsequently became a professor of Japanese history. In his early twenties, Professor Hackett traveled through Japan and Southeast Asia seeking the common ground between contemplative Catholicism and Zen Buddhism. The Silent Dialogue (1995) is his record of that journey. During college, Dr. Hackett traveled through Europe and, in graduate school, he spent a summer in India and Nepal interviewing young Americans who had gone East seeking Asian wisdom. In recent years, Dr. Hackett has taught in the University of Florida’s London Study Center and from there led students on field studies throughout Great Britain; participated in a Council on International Educational Exchange faculty seminar on “Music, Society, and Conflict in Ireland and Northern Ireland”; and taught a seminar on American religious history, sponsored by the State Department’s United States-China Education Trust, at Fudan University in Shanghai.