Professor of History
Phone: (805) 565-6787
Office Location: Deane Hall 207
Colonial and Revolutionary, Eastern Woodlands
Native American, Religion in America, Western Civilization
A graduate of Houghton College, Richard Pointer earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at The Johns Hopkins University. His research on colonial New York culminated in a book, Protestant Pluralism and the New York Experience; A Study of Eighteenth-Century Religious Diversity, published by Indiana University Press. Professor Pointer's book Encounters of the Spirit: Native Americans and European Colonial Religion was published in 2007. His other publications include essays in The New England Quarterly and the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, and an award-winning article in New York History. Dr. Pointer has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. He has also served as the president and vice-president of the Conference on Faith and History, an organization of Christian historians, and has served as an associate editor for the Christian Scholar’s Review. Dr. Pointer has taught at Christian liberal arts colleges since 1980. He has been at Westmont since 1994, where he has principally taught American history. He has been recognized for his teaching with the Westmont Teacher of the Year Award for Social Sciences in 1997 and 2003. Dr. Pointer has recently been selected as the first recipient of the newly established Fletcher Jones Foundation Endowed Chair in Social Science. In addition to his teaching on campus, Dr. Pointer and his wife, Barbara, have been leaders of Westmont’s Europe Semester five times. The Pointers have three daughters and all three of them are Westmont alumni. Dr. Pointer served as the Provost of Westmont for the past two years and is ready to return to the classroom.