Thomas S. Kidd

Thomas S. Kidd
Distinguished Professor of History, James Vardaman Endowed Professor of History and Associate Director, Institute for Studies of Religion
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Office Hours

M/W from 2-4 pm or by appointment, online or in person.


Early America, American Religion

  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2001
Research Interests

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

Selected Publications
  • Who Is an Evangelical?: The History of a Movement in Crisis (Yale University Press, 2019)
  • Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father (Yale University Press, 2017)
  • American Colonial History: Clashing Cultures and Faiths (Yale University Press, 2016)
  • Baptists in America: A History, with Barry Hankins (Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • 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.
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."


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