Recent Guittard Fellowship Recipients

Samuel J. Kelley
PhD student (expected 2020)
Advisor: Barry Hankins
Research Interests: My interests lie at the crossroads of 20th-century American religious history, American cultural history, and the global dimensions of U.S. history, in particular the relationship between the U.S. and East Asia. My intended dissertation will be a study of American Protestants' perspectives on and engagements with China in the first half of the 20th century, using as a focus the life and work of the Yale historian Kenneth Scott Latourette.
Education: B.A. in History and Philosophy, Boise State University (Boise, ID); M.A. in History, Boise State University.
Awards/Fellowships: Guittard Fellowship, Baylor University (2016-2017); Graduate School Fellowship, Baylor University (2016-2020); Graduate School Fellowship, Boise State University (2012-2013).
"Augustine's Model of the Two Cities in the Historiography of George M. Marsden," Fides et Historia (forthcoming, Fall 2016).
Miscellaneous: Before coming to Baylor I worked for two years as a high school Latin teacher and taught a course on globalization at my alma mater.
Benjamin Leavitt
MA Student (expected 2018)
Advisor: Dr. Andrea Turpin
Research Interests: I am broadly interested in American higher education, and am more narrowly interested in the relationship between religion and education in early twentieth century denominational colleges.
Education: B.A. in History, Grove City College (Grove City, PA), 2016.
Awards/Fellowships: Guittard Fellowship, Baylor University (2016-2017); Elinor M. Caruthers Award, Grove City College (2016); Phi Alpha Theta History Award, Grove City College (2016); David E. McKillop Scholarship, Grove City College (2015); ODK Paper of the Year for the Social Sciences, Grove City College (2014 & 2013); Presidential Scholarship, Grove City College (2012).
Publications: “Subjectivity and the American Court: an Analysis of Roper v. Simmons,” Grove City College Journal of Law & Public Policy 5 (2014): 95–110.
Miscellaneous: I was president of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society for two years as an undergraduate. Also as an undergraduate, I took courses in diverse fields including national security, economics, legal studies, and French.
Joel Iliff
PhD Student (expected 2019)
Advisor: T. Michael Parrish
Research Interests: My current work explores transatlantic intellectual and religious networks between the U.S. South and Germany in the nineteenth century. I’m also interested in the history of higher education, the modern Middle East, and American Orientalism.
Education: B.A. in History and Classics, University of South Carolina; M.Div., Yale University Divinity School
Awards/Fellowships: D. M. Edwards Library Fellowship, Baylor University, 2016; Guittard Fellowship, Baylor University, 2015–16; Harriett Jackson Ely Prize, Yale Divinity School, 2014; Stipendium, Baden-Württemberg Foundation, 2014; Harry Baker Adams Scholarship, Yale Divinity School, 2012–15; Irving F. Belser Award, University of South Carolina, 2012; Honors Fellowship, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2011–12; Phi Beta Kappa, University of South Carolina, 2011; Magellan Research Fellowship, University of South Carolina, 2010–11
Miscellaneous: I serve as a board member for a non-profit foundation that supports education in the humanities and debate in South Carolina.
David Roach
MA Student (expected 2017)
Advisor: T. Michael Parrish
Research Interests: My research seeks to locate nineteenth-century American Catholics within broader racial, intellectual, and political trends. My current thesis seeks to explore how Catholics and Protestants understood society and the nature of American pluralism after the Civil War.
Education: BA in History and German, Hillsdale College
Awards/Fellowships: Guittard Fellowship, 2015-2016, Baylor University; Charles O. Lee, Jr. and Louise K. Lee Charitable Foundation Scholarship in History, 2013-2015
Miscellaneous: Last year, I served as a teaching assistant, and I currently work as an editorial assistant for the Baylor University Institute for Oral History.


Guittard Paul Gutacker

Paul Gutacker
PhD Student (expected 2018)
Advisor: Thomas Kidd
Research Interests: My current research is on religious identity in the Early National period. I am particularly interested in exploring how eighteenth-century attitudes towards the past influenced the shape of American Protestantism after the Revolution and into the early nineteenth-century. Broad areas of interest include evangelicalism, print culture, historiography, and popular religion.
Education: B.A. in Communication Studies, Bryan College; M.A. in Theological Studies (History of Christianity), Regent College; Th.M. in Church History, Regent College
Awards/Fellowships: Graduate School Presidential Scholarship, Baylor University, 2014; Guittard Fellowship, Baylor University, 2014; Board of Governors’ Prize for Proficiency in the ThM Degree Program, Regent College, 2014; Church History Prize, Regent College, 2013; Academic Symposium Research Essay Prize, Regent College, 2013; Academic Entrance Scholarship, Regent College, 2011.
Commencement Speaker, Bryan College, 2008; P.A. Boyd Award for Senior Influence, Bryan College, 2008; Senior Communications Award, Bryan College, 2008; Catherine McDonald Communications Scholarship, Bryan College, 2007; D.B. Rice Scholarship, Bryan College, 2005; Presidential Scholarship, Bryan College, 2004.
"The Past Judging the Present: Joseph Milner's Evangelical Critique of Eighteenth-Century Britain." CRUX 49, no. 2 (Summer 2013): 22-30.
Review of The Origins of American Religious Nationalism by Sam Haselby. Journal of Religious History - forthcoming. Fall 2016.
Review of American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea by John D. Wilsey. Fides et Historia - forthcoming. Fall 2016.
Dallin Grimm
MA Student (expected 2016)
Advisor: Beth Allison Barr

Research Interests: I am interested in Late Medieval England, particularly the 13th and 14th Centuries. Currently, my research centers on religious and political exchanges during the Black Death. My broad interests include religion, politics, the Papacy, and the crusades.

Education: B.A. in History, University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT), 2014.


Awards/Fellowships: Guittard Fellowship (2014-2015); Steffenson Cannon Scholarship (2013-2014); Hagander Book Award (2013-2014).



"The First Crusade: A Stepping Stone of Centralization." Utah Historical Review vol. 3 (June 2013): 131-138.

Miscellaneous: Participated in the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society as an undergraduate.


Paul Putz
PhD Candidate (expected 2017)
Advisor: Barry Hankins
Research Interests: My current research is primarily focused on urban Protestant reform movements in the Midwest during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Broadly, my research intersects with themes of religion, region, race, urban studies, consumer culture, and print culture. My dissertation will provide the first scholarly account of the founding and early development of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (1954-1970). I use FCA’s early history to understand and explain changes in popular religious print culture, the restructuring of post-World War II American Protestantism, and the development of new forms of spiritual authority through sport. Broadly, my research intersects with themes of sport, religion, race, consumer culture, print culture, and region (particularly the Midwest).
Education: B.S. in Secondary Education, Grace University (Omaha, NE); M.A. in History, University of Nebraska-Omaha
Awards/Fellowships: State Historical Society of Iowa Research Grant, 2015-2016; Graduate School Fellowship, Baylor University (2013-2017); Guittard Fellowship, Baylor University (2013-2014); Bernie Kolasa Academic Memorial Scholarship, Nebraska-Omaha AAUP (2012-2013); Outstanding History Graduate Student, Nebraska-Omaha (2011-2012); Nebraska State Historical Society Research Grant (2012); Attracting Excellence in Teaching Scholarship, Grace University (2007-2008).
“From the Pulpit to the Press: Frank Crane’s Omaha, 1892-1896,” Nebraska History (Fall 2015): 136-153.
Review of Redeeming Time: Protestantism and Chicago’s Eight-Hour Movement, 1866-1912, by William A. Mirola (University of Illinois Press, 2014). Fides et Historia (forthcoming).
Co-author with Jordan R. Bass and Mark Vermillion, “'Going Viral': The Impact of Forced Crowdsourcing on Coaching Evaluation Procedures.” International Sport Coaching Journal 1.2 (2014): 103-108.
“A Church for the People and a Priest for the Common Man: Charles W. Savidge, Omaha’s Eccentric Reformer.” Nebraska History 94.2 (Summer 2013): 54-73.
Review of Free Radical: Ernest Chambers, Black Power, and the Politics of Race, by Tekla Agbala Ali Johnson (Texas Tech University Press, 2012). Middle West Review (forthcoming). “Jesse 'Cab' Renick: In Search of an Indian Identity.” Chronicles of Oklahoma 89.1 (Spring 2011): 72-97.
Miscellaneous: Associate Editor, Studies in Midwestern History. I am a regular contributor to the Religion in American History academic group blog and the American Society of Church History’s blog. Before entering this PhD program, I spent five years as a high school social studies teacher.
Brendan Payne
PhD Candidate (expected 2017 February)
Advisor: Barry Hankins
Research Interests: Broadly, the interplay between religious identities and social reform in the US in the 19th and 20th centuries. My dissertation examines how racial, cultural, and religious identities played a key role in the anti-prohibition movement, using Texas as a case study.
Education: B.A. in History, Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL); M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (South Hampton, MA)
Awards/Fellowships: Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award Nominee (Baylor University), Fall 2015; Lynn E. May Jr. Study Grant (Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives), 2015 July; Bridwell Library Visiting Scholar Fellowship (Southern Methodist University), 2015 June-July; Burney Parker Research Fellowship (Baylor University Texas Collection), 2015 May; Conference Travel Grant (John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics), 2014 March; Baylor Presidential Scholarship, 2012-2017; Baylor Graduate School Scholarship, 2012-2017; Guittard History Fellowship Scholarship (Baylor), 2012-2013; John D. TateMemorial Award for excellence (Gordon-Conwell), 2012; Church History Award (Gordon-Conwell), 2012; Howe Scholarship for work study and leadership(Gordon-Conwell),2011-2012; Graham Scholarship (Gordon-Conwell), 2009-2012; Byington Scholarship (Gordon-Conwell), 2010-2011; President’s Scholarship for academic excellence (Wheaton), 2004-2008.
(Accepted). “Defending Black Suffrage: African Americans, Poll Taxes, Religion, and Anti-Prohibition in Texas, 1887-1916.” Journal of Southern History (Nov. 2017).
“Southern White Protestant Men, Church-State Relations, and Prohibition in Texas, 1865-1920.” Social History of Alcohol and Drugs 28 (Winter 2015).
Encyclopedia Entries
“Academic Journals”; “Christian Booksellers Association”; “Religious Right.” George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport, eds. Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. 5 vols. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.
Peer-reviewed Blog Entries
“African American Agency and (Anti-)Prohibition.” Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society. May 4, 2016.
“Religion and Anti-Prohibition.” Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society. June 2, 2016.
Book Reviews
“Robert Wuthnow: Rough Country: How Texas Became America's Most Powerful Bible-Belt State. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014; pp. vi + 654.” Journal of Religious History 40.2 (June 2016), 286–288.
“Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life by Nancy Koester (Eerdmans, 2014).” Priscilla Papers 28.3 (Summer 2014), 28.
“Review of Early Libyan Christianity: Uncovering a North African Tradition by Thomas C. Oden (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2011).” Africanus Journal 4 (November 2012), 46-47.
Brendan Payne and Sean Salés. A History of Student Government at Wheaton College, Vol. II: 1988-2008. Wheaton, IL: Wheaton College Student Activities Office, 2008.
Miscellaneous: In the summer of 2007, was part of a choir that sang in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, on the invitation of Andrew White, Vicar of Baghdad.




Guittard Fellow Jonathan Riddle

Jonathan D. Riddle
MA Student (graduated 2013)

In college, I learned to love scholarly history. Yet, once out in the wide world, I found many things stood between me and the studying and writing I hoped to do-especially the necessity of working. It is no easy task being a scholar after-hours. The Guittard Fellowship has thus been a God-send. By exceeding the normal graduate assistant stipend, the Fellowship allows me to devote myself wholly to my studies. With such an advantage, I trust my contribution to historical scholarship will be all the richer.



Guittard Fellow Thomas DeShong

Thomas DeShong
MA Student (graduated 2012)

The Guittard Fellowship has been nothing short of a blessing for me. While I have always had the drive and determination to devote myself to the pursuit of higher education, I lacked the means to do it. This fellowship has enabled me to pursue my love of American history through the rigorous Master’s program that Baylor University offers and has instilled within me a desire to help others do the same someday. My dream of teaching about the past and investing myself in the edification and education of America’s youth is now closer to fulfillment as result of the generosity of the Guittard family. I will be forever grateful for those who have made this sacrifice, who have given of themselves and their finances to promote the education of those in need.



Guittard Fellows Benjamin Wetzel

Benjamin J. Wetzel
MA Student (graduated 2011)

The Guittard Fellowship, which I received from 2009-2010, was essential to my pursuit of graduate work in history. The funding that it provided allowed me to focus on my studies full time without the pressure of outside work. In fact, it would have been difficult for me to attend Baylor at all if I had not received Guittard funding. Thanks to the fellowship, I successfully completed my MA in history and am currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the University of Notre Dame. I am very grateful to the trustees who so generously provided the funding.



Guittard Fellow Lauren Tapley

Lauren Tapley
MA Student (graduated 2009)

In August 2007, I was fortunate enough to be given one of the Guittard Fellowships to begin my graduate work at Baylor University in the History Department. The Guittard Fellowship enabled me to begin cultivating my interest in Western European history with a concentration in Russia. Not only did the Guittard Fellowship provide me with needed funding that allowed me to pursue research outside my ordinary coursework, but it was a primary reason for why I chose to continue my education at Baylor University, where I have had the privilege of working with some of the most notable scholars in my field including David Bebbington and Christopher Marsh.