Skylar Ray

Skylar Ray
Ph.D. Candidate
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Spring 2022 Office Hours

T/TR from 2pm-4pm or by appointment.


Dr. Elesha Coffman

Research Interests

Broadly, I specialize in the religious and cultural history of the 20th century United States. My dissertation—“Healing Minds, Saving Souls: Evangelicals and Mental Health in the Age of the Therapeutic"—will examine the evangelical relationship to modern psychology and its therapeutic function in treating issues of mental health.

Exam Fields: American religious history; United States since 1877; Christianity in Latin America (minor teaching field).

  • M.A., History, Baylor University, 2017
  • B.A., summa cum laude in History and Spanish, Oral Roberts University, 2014
  • 2019 Scholar, Baptist Scholars International Roundtable, Regents Park College, Oxford University, July 1-4, 2019
  • Second place, Modern and Contemporary Research Seminar Graduate Student Paper Contest, 2018
  • Graduate School Fellowship, Baylor University, 2017-2021
  • ORU History Department Outstanding Senior Paper, 2014
  • Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society, 2013-present
  • Sigma Delta Pi Honor Society, 2013-present
  • Trustee’s Academic Scholarship, Oral Roberts University, 2010-2014
  • William A. Bushman Memorial Scholarship Essay Competition Winner, 2010

Book Chapters

“Free and Fettered: motive Magazine and the Ambiguity of Denominational Journalism,” Keeping the Faith: The Work of Religious Magazines, Brill’s Studies in Periodical Culture Series [forthcoming]

Co-author, “Vietnam to 9/11,” Cambridge Companion to American Protestantism, edited by Jason Vickers, Cambridge University Press [forthcoming 2021]

Book Reviews

“The World Come of Age,” Book Reviews, Society for United States Intellectual History, November 2018.

“The Future of Mainline Protestantism in America,” Reading Religion, American Academy of Religion Book Forum, July 2018.

Encyclopedia Entries

“Renewal Movements in Mainline Protestantism.” In American Religious History: Belief and Society Through Time, edited by Gary Scott Smith. Vol. 3. ABC-CLIO, n.d. [forthcoming December 2020]

Public History

“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

Curriculum Vitae

Skylar Ray CV

Other Information

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.