Dr. David L. Riggs
JWHC Executive Director
Associate Professor of Humanities
David L. Riggs (B.A., Azusa Pacific University; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary; M.Phil., D.Phil., Oxford University [Faculty of Classics]) is an associate professor of humanities and executive director of the John Wesley Honors College. Riggs' scholarly interests revolve around both his primary research agenda devoted to the religious world of late antiquity and his participation in various national dialogues on spirituality and liberal learning in American higher education. Most of his research publications have focused on the socio-religious history of late-antique North Africa and he is preparing a manuscript on pagan and Christian cultic life in late Roman and Vandal Africa for Oxford University Press (Divine Patronage in Late Antique North Africa). Riggs is also engaged in a long-term collaborative research project (with Christopher Bounds and students and alumni from the John Wesley Honors College) exploring patristic conceptions of "grace" in light of Graeco-Roman models of patronage. In addition, Riggs serves as a distinguished scholar of Latin texts for the Green Scholars Initiative and recently edited and translated an unpublished Latin letter of Martin Luther for the Green Collection. In his capacity as an honors educator, Riggs is co-editing (with Stan Rosenberg) a monograph for the National Collegiate Honors Council entitled Seeking the Soul of Excellence: Spirituality and Holistic Learning in Honors Education.
Riggs has been married to his high-school/college sweetheart, Laura (Godknecht) Riggs, for over 20 years. Laura is a CPA who currently indulges her accounting interests part-time alongside the more challenging task of raising their four children: Patrick, Christian, Alexandria and Faith.