Dr. Thomas Kidd
My research interests are religion, politics, and culture in the first half of American history (1620-1877). In particular, I have studied political sermons and uses of scripture in public contexts or national identity. My current dissertation project is on uses of the Exodus narrative in public debate or national identity from the American Revolution to the Civil War. Exam fields: American History to 1877 (major field; emphasis on teaching); American religious history (dissertation field; emphasis on intellectual history and African American religion); women, religion, and gender in early modern England (minor teaching field).
Forthcoming chapter in The Burden of the Word: Evangelicals and the Bible in Historical Perspective: “British Exodus, American Empire: Evangelical Preachers and the Biblicisms of Revolution” – Presented at Evangelicals and the Bible: A Symposium to Honor David Bebbington, September 19-20, Baylor Institute for Studies in Religion.
I value incorporating teaching or tutoring as a way to serve others in the community at every stage of my academic work so far, including tutoring centers, guest lecturing, and a reading program for at-risk, grade-school students in Waco, Texas.