Elesha J. Coffman

Elesha J. Coffman
Associate Professor of History
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Spring 2022 Office Hours

Tuesdays from 1-3 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
Academic Interests/Current Research

My latest book explored the spiritual life of the anthropologist Margaret Mead. I am now working on a survey text, Turning Points in American Church History, under contract with Baker Academic. I also serve as editor of Fides et Historia, the journal of the Conference on Faith and History.

  • Margaret Mead: A Twentieth-Century Faith (Oxford University Press, 2021)
  • The Christian Century and the Rise of the Protestant Mainline (Oxford University Press, 2013)
Selected Academic Publications
  • ‘I Didn’t Say That’: Margaret Mead on Nature, Nurture, and Gender in the Nuclear Age,” Modern Intellectual History 18.1 (March 2021), 202-222.
  • “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.
  • “The Measure of a Magazine: Assessing the Influence of The Christian Century,” Religion and American Culture 22.1 (Winter 2012), 53-82.
  • “The ‘Religious Issue’ in Presidential Politics,” American Catholic Studies 119.4 (Winter 2008), 1-20.
Selected Reviews and Articles
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 4369 Religion in America, 1877-Present
  • HIS 5360 American Intellectual History
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Coffman's CV