Paul Gutacker

Ph.D. Candidate
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Advisor: Thomas Kidd

Research Interests: My dissertation examines how popular narratives about Christian history influenced American religious and political life from 1780 –1865. Through an analysis of sermons, tracts, treatises, and popular books, I show that religious memory shaped the most significant debates of the era—arguments over church and state relations, denominational competition, national identity, women’s education and suffrage, racial equality, and slavery. More broadly, my research deals with themes of religion, memory and tradition, intellectual history, transatlantic print cultures, religious and political identities, and the history of Christianity.

Education: B.A. in Communication Studies, Bryan College; M.A. in Theological Studies (History of Christianity), Regent College; Th.M. in Church History, Regent College

Fellowships / Grants: Florence Bell Scholar Award, Drew University (2018); Doctoral Research Travel Award, Graduate School, Baylor University, (2017); Doctoral Research Travel Award, History Department, Baylor University, (2017); Lynn E. May Study Grant, Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, (2017); Summer Research Fellowship, Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University, (2017); Armstrong Browning Library Teaching Fellowship, Baylor University, (2017); Graduate Fellow, Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, (2015 –2016); Guittard Fellowship, Baylor University, (2014 –2017)

Other Fellowships / Awards: Audience Choice Award, Three Minute Thesis Competition, Baylor University, (2017); Graduate School Presidential Scholarship, Baylor University (2014–2019); Board of Governors’ Prize for Proficiency in the Th.M. Degree Program, Regent College, (2014); Church History Prize, Regent College, (2013); Academic Symposium Prize, Regent College, (2013); Academic Entrance Scholarship, Regent College, (2011); P.A. Boyd Award for Senior Influence, Bryan College, (2008); Senior Communications Award, Bryan College, (2008); Catherine McDonald Communications Scholarship, Bryan College, (2007); D.B. Rice Scholarship, Bryan College, (2005); Presidential Scholarship, Bryan College, (2004)

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

“Joseph Milner and his editors: eighteenth-and nineteenth-century evangelicals and the Christian past.” The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 69, no. 1 (January 2018), 86–104. doi:10.1017/S0022046917000744.

“The Past Judging the Present: Joseph Milner's Evangelical Critique of Eighteenth-Century Britain.”CRUX 49, no. 2 (Summer 2013): 22-30.


Review essay of In Search of Ancient Roots: The Christian Past and the Evangelical Identity Crisis by Kenneth Stewart. Fides et Historia, forthcoming.

Review of The Origins of American Religious Nationalism by Sam Haselby. Journal of Religious History 40, no. 4 (December 2016): 619-20.

Review of American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea by John D. Wilsey. Fides et Historia 48, no. 2 (Summer-Fall 2016): 175-77.

Invited Blog Posts:

“The Christian Past in the Early Republic: Church History, Disestablishment, and American Exceptionalism.” Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. September 2017.

“Leaving Christendom Behind: The Historiographic Roots of American Religious Freedom.” Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. July 2017.