In the 2012-2013 academic year the department welcomed two new colleagues: Professor Yun Xia and Professor Heath Carter. Professor Xia received her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and is working on a book about the transformations of Chinese political and legal institutions during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945). Professor Carter received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and is working on three different book projects. The first, which is based on his dissertation and is undergoing review with an academic press, explores the working-class origins of the American social gospel. The other two are co-edited volumes: one on Christianity and the working classes in industrial America, which is under contract with the University of Illinois, and the other on turning points in the history of American evangelicalism, under contract with Eerdmans. Professors Xia and Carter participated in the Cambridge Seminar for new tenure-track faculty members during the summer of 2013. The photo is of them at a Bangladeshi market in London, during one of the cultural excursions that comprise a part of that experience.