Elesha J. Coffman
Assistant Professor of History
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
- “Fundamentalists, Modernists, and the Rest of the Story” (review of Geoffrey Treloar, The Disruption of Evangelicalism), Christianity Today, May 9, 2017
- “Margaret Mead: Christian, Pro-life Feminist,” Patheos Anxious Bench, March 1, 2017
- “Are We Entering the End Times for Mainline Seminaries?” Religion Dispatches, August 30, 2016
- “Mainline Ecumenism: It’s Older Than You Think” Unbound: An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice, Nov. 4, 2015
- “Billy Graham Is Probably Not the Author of His Own ‘Final Chapter’” Religion Dispatches, Nov. 2, 2015
- “Belief and Behavior Up, Belonging Down” Patheos Public Square, “Future of Faith in America” series, July 29, 2015
- “How Evangelicalism Built Its Brand Loyalty” (review of Timothy Gloege, Guaranteed Pure: The Moody Bible Institute, Business, and the Making of Modern Evangelicalism) Christianity Today online, June 4, 2015
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.