Elesha J. Coffman

Assistant Professor of History
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Office Hours

T 3:30-5:00p.m., W 2:00-5:00p.m., or by appointment.


American intellectual history, American religion, print culture


Duke University, PhD, 2008

Duke University, MA, 2006

Wheaton College (IL), BA summa cum laude, 1997

Selected Academic Publications
  • The Christian Century and the Rise of the Protestant Mainline (Oxford University Press, 2013).
  • “‘You Cannot Fool the Electronic Eye’: Billy Graham and Media,” in Billy Graham: American Pilgrim, eds. Andrew Finstuen, Grant Wacker, and Anne Blue Wills (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017), 197-215.
  • “Marketing the Mainline: The Christian Century and the Business of Ecumenism,” in Religious Periodicals and Publishing in Transnational Contexts: The Press and the Pulpit, eds. Oliver Scheiding and Anja-Maria Bassimir (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017), 107-124.
  • Christ and Culture and Christian Historiography,” Fides et Historia 49.1 (Winter/Spring 2017), 105-108.
  • “The Measure of a Magazine: Assessing the Influence of The Christian Century,” Religion and American Culture 22.1 (Winter 2012), 53-82.
  • The Chicago Call and Responses,” in Evangelicals and the Early Church: Recovery, Reform, Renewal, eds. George Kalantzis and Andrew Tooley (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2012), 108-124.
  • “The ‘Religious Issue’ in Presidential Politics,” American Catholic Studies 119.4 (Winter 2008), 1-20.
Selected Reviews and Articles
Current Research

I am writing a spiritual life of Margaret Mead. I also have forthcoming articles on mainline Protestant approaches to the Bible and on print media in American religious history.

Courses Taught at Baylor
  • HIS 2366 History of the United States since 1877
  • HIS 4395 History of American Thought, 1630-1859
  • HIS 4396 History of American Thought, 1859 to Present

A downloable link to my C.V. can be found by clicking here.