Andrea L. Turpin

Assistant Professor of History
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Office Hours

TR 3:30-4:40, W 1:30-4:30, and by appointment


U.S. Women and Gender, U.S. Religious and Intellectual History, History of U.S. Higher Education, 19th- and Early 20th-Century U.S.


Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2011

Academic Interests and Research

I am interested in the historical connections between gender ideals, religious beliefs and practices, and educational theory and practice. My first book, A New Moral Vision: Gender, Religion, and the Changing Purposes of American Higher Education, 1837-1917, examines how the entrance of women into U.S. colleges and universities shaped changing ideas about the religious and moral purposes of higher education during the era of the rise of the modern college and university. My current research project explores how Protestant women navigated the religious debates that would culminate in the fundamentalist-modernist controversy of the early twentieth century.

Selected Publications


  • A New Moral Vision: Gender, Religion, and the Changing Purposes of American Higher Education, 1837-1917, Forthcoming from Cornell University Press in 2016


  • “The Chief End of Man at Princeton: The Rise of Gendered Moral Formation in American Higher Education,” The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Forthcoming October 2016
  • “The Many Purposes of American Higher Education,” Reviews in American History 44 (March 2016): 77-84
      °Review Essay of Roger Geiger, The History of American Higher Education: Learning and Culture from the Founding to World War II (2015) and David B. Potts, Wesleyan University, 1910-1970: Academic Ambition and Middle-Class America (2015)
  • Memories of Mary: Interpretations of the Founder in the Secularization Process of Mount Holyoke Seminary and College, 1837-1937, Perspectives on the History of Higher Education 28 (2011): 33-61
  • Ideological Origins of the Women's College: Religion, Class and Curriculum in the Educational Visions of Catharine Beecher and Mary Lyon, History of Education Quarterly 50 (May 2010): 133-158

Selected Professional Awards/Activities/Grants and/or Fellowships
  • Travel Grant, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, 2015-2016
  • Fall Research Leave, Baylor University, Fall 2015
  • Summer Faculty Institute Member, Baylor University, Summer 2014
  • Various Summer Sabbatical Grants, Baylor University
  • History Department Nominee for Shaheen Award (outstanding recent PhD graduate in the humanities), University of Notre Dame, 2012
  • Finalist, Lilly Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Valparaiso University, 2011
  • Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study Graduate Fellowship, 2010-2011
  • Dissertation Grant, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, 2008-2009
  • Bordin-Gillette Researcher Travel Fellowship, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, 2008-2009
  • Friends of the Princeton University Library Research Grant, 2008-2009
  • Eli Lilly Presidential Fellowship, University of Notre Dame, 2005-2010

Courses Taught at Baylor
  • HIS 5360 Graduate Seminar: Women, Gender, and Sex in American Religious History
  • HIS 4377 History of the American Woman to 1865
  • HIS 4378 History of the American Woman since 1865
  • HIS 4371 United States 1877-1920 (Gilded Age and Progressive Era)
  • HIS 4340 Special Topics: U.S. Utopian Ideas and Communities
  • HIS 2366 History of the United States since 1877