Brendan Payne

Ph.D., 2017
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Dissertation: Cup of Salvation: Race, Religion and the Anti-Prohibition in Texas, 1885-1935

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.