Elesha J. Coffman
Assistant Professor of History
American intellectual history, American religion, print culture
- Duke University, PhD, 2008
- Duke University, MA, 2006
- Wheaton College (IL), BA summa cum laude, 1997
Academic Interests/Current Research
I am writing a spiritual life of Margaret Mead, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2020.
Selected Academic Publications
- The Christian Century and the Rise of the Protestant Mainline (Oxford University Press, 2013).
- “Anthropology Meets the Book of Common Prayer: Margaret Mead’s role in revising the liturgy of baptism,” Fides et Historia, 51.1 (Winter/Spring 2019), 124-134.
- “On Methodological Evangelicalism,” Fides et Historia, 51.1 (Winter/Spring 2019), 72-76.
- with Timothy D. Grundmeier, “Print Media,” in The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion in America, ed. John Corrigan (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018), 113-133.
- “The Bible and the Mainline Denominations,” in The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in America, ed. Paul Gutjahr (New York: Oxford University Press, November 2017), 546-557.
- “‘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
- “Rachel Held Evans: Gone and Soon Forgotten?” Sightings, May 16, 2019.
- “Can Churches Come in from the Cold War?” (review of Paul Mojzes, ed., North American Churches and the Cold War, Eerdmans, 2018), Comment, Mar. 1, 2019.
- “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.
Courses Taught at Baylor
- HIS 1300 U.S. in Global Perspective
- HIS 2366 History of the United States since 1877
- HIS 4340 Business in American History
- HIS 4395 History of American Thought, 1630-1859
- HIS 4396 History of American Thought, 1859 to Present
- HIS 5360 American Liberal Religion
Dr. Coffman's CV