Dr. Elesha Coffman
My research examines 20th Century mainline Protestantism and its broader relationship to American culture, religion, and politics. I am particularly interested in the formation of religious and cultural identities and the ways in which those formed identities influence relationships to both church and society.
“Renewal Movements in Mainline Denominations,” ABC-CLIO American Religious History Encyclopedia, [forthcoming] 2019.
“The World Come of Age,” Book Reviews, Society for United States Intellectual History, [forthcoming] November 2018.
“The Future of Mainline Protestantism in America,” Reading Religion, American Academy of Religion Book Forum, July 2018.
“Ramsey Muñiz,” Waco History app and website, April 2018.
“Abraxas Club,” Waco History app and website, September 2017.
“The Pulse of Waco Medicine: On the 150th anniversary of the McLennan County Medical Society, local doctors reflect on their careers and changes in the field.” Waco Heritage and History. Volume 42 (Spring 2016): 5-8
I had the opportunity to work as a graduate assistant at the Baylor University Institute for Oral History (BUIOH) for three years. There, I received training in oral history research methods and had the privilege of conducting numerous oral history interviews for my own research and local projects. In addition to this oral history experience, my work on the Waco History App, a BUIOH digital public history initiative, developed an appreciated for public engagement and the creation of accessible histories. I hope to continue to integrate both public and oral history into my future research and work.