Robert Hand is a professor, publisher and editor, and entrepreneur based in Tyler, Texas. He teaches theology, ethics, and philosophy at LeTourneau University's School of Theology and Vocation in Longview, Texas, and is Theologian in Residence at Dayspring UMC in Tyler. He earned an M.A. in Theology with honors from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is currently completing his Ph.D. (ABD) in philosophical theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where his dissertation focuses on Immanuel Kant’s (1724–1804) influence on modern theological method. He was recently awarded a teaching grant from the John Templeton Foundation to create and lead an original Honors College seminar on faith, science, and the work of Alvin Plantinga, and also selected to participate in the 2018 Karl Barth Colloquium at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Robert has worked for more than fifteen years in both trade and academic publishing, and he completed editorial training through University of California, Berkeley. Publishing clients Robert has had the privilege of partnering with through his company, The Dunbar Group, include Abingdon Press, Baker Academic, Baker Books, Baylor University Press, Brazos Press, Fortress Press, HarperCollins, InterVarsity Press, Thomas Nelson, Wipf & Stock, Wm. B. Eerdmans, Zondervan Academic, and others, as well as Tim Keller’s Redeemer City to City and China Partnership. He serves as the managing editor of Regent College Publishing and in 2018 edited Southern Methodist University’s Southwest Review, one of the oldest literary quarterlies in the country. He also publishes original titles through Bowen Press, an independent imprint he founded in 2016.
Prior to founding The Dunbar Group in 2014, Robert worked for six years as an editor with the Baker Books, Baker Academic, and Brazos Press imprints of Baker Publishing Group in Grand Rapids, Michigan. At Baker Robert oversaw the publication of books such as Miroslav Volf's A Public Faith, Khaled Anatolios's Retrieving Nicaea, Stanley Hauerwas's War and the American Difference, Kelly Kapic and Bruce McCormack's Mapping Modern Theology, James K. A. Smith's Who's Afraid of Relativism?, and many more. He was also the series editor for Hans Boersma and Matthew Levering's Foundations of Theological Exegesis and Christian Spirituality series and James K. A. Smith's Church and Postmodern Culture series.
Robert is an avid outdoorsman with particular interests in fly fishing, mountain biking, and bowhunting. When he is not busy teaching, writing, or working through a new manuscript, Robert can usually be found with his family and friends in Tyler, Texas, and Shreveport, Louisiana, his hometown.