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Thomas S. Kidd

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Thomas S.Kidd

Professor of History

Office: Tidwell B08 (hours) Phone: (254) 710-6304

Professor of History


    Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2001


    Early America, American Religion

Why I Came To Baylor:
"I came to Baylor because of the balance the university offered me between teaching and research, and because of the appeal of working at a university with a Christian commitment."

On My Research Interests:
"My research interests are in eighteenth-century North America, particularly the history of evangelicalism."

Selected Publications:

George Whitefield: America's Spiritual Founding Father (Yale University Press, 2014)

Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots (Basic Books, 2011)

God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution (Basic Books, 2010)

American Christians and Islam: Evangelical Culture and Muslims from the Colonial Period to the Age of Terrorism (Princeton University Press, 2008).

The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America (Yale University Press, 2007).

The Great Awakening: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Books, 2007).

The Protestant Interest: New England after Puritanism (Yale University Press, 2004).

’The Healing of Mercy Wheeler: Illness and Miracles among Early American Evangelicals,’ William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., 63, no. 1 (Jan. 2006), 149-70.

’Passing as a Pastor: Clerical Imposture in the Colonial Atlantic World,’ Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation, 14, no. 2 (Summer 2004): 149-74.

’’Is It Worse to Follow Mahomet than the Devil?’: Early American Uses of Islam,’ Church History 72, no. 4 (Dec. 2003): 766-90.

’’Let Hell and Rome Do Their Worst’: World News, the Catholic Threat, and International Protestantism in Provincial Boston,’ The New England Quarterly, 76, no. 2 (June 2003): 265-90.

Books in progress:

(with Barry Hankins) Baptists in America: A Narrative History (Oxford University Press)

Colonial America: A History (Yale University Press)

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