This track of the department boasts a proven record of success. From Reformation studies with Dr. David Whitford to the Pentecostal and Baptist work of Dr. Doug Weaver, Baylor is committed to teaching and learning the breadth of Christian traditions in the world. This area welcomes curiosity in all areas of the Christian narrative as seen in the acts of the church and society. It is especially strong in German and Swiss Reformation studies. The program is dedicated to preparing its graduates for careers in higher education.
Each semester, students— regardless of sub-specialty— take a colloquium that traces Christian history in different eras and places. The purpose and intent is to cover the whole gamut of the story in a three-year cycle. Baylor is not a place for indoctrination, rather one of open dialogue. Students of the Reformation will be in constant coursework with students of Pentecostalism and students of American Religion. This specific doctoral area is committed to research across the historical, theological, cultural, and geographical eras. Area faculty include Drs. Doug Weaver, William Pitts, and David Whitford.
Baylor University has a wealth of resources among its faculty across many disciplines. Featured below are Affiliated Faculty members from other departments and schools who have served as outside readers on our dissertations. We invite you to click on the names of these Affiliated Faculty to learn more about their area of expertise.
Dr. Beth Allison Barr - History Department; Area of Research: Women and gender identity in medieval and early modern English sermons.
Dr. Brian Brewer - Truett Seminary; Area of Research: The Reformation and post-Reformation periods of Christianity; sacramental theology within Anabaptist writings, Martin Luther's works, and that of other reformers in the sixteenth century and the subsequent Free Church movements.
Dr. Barry G. Hankins - History Department; Area of Research: Religion and American culture; Protestant Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism; and Church & State in American History.
Dr. Heidi J. Hornik - Art Department; Area of Research: Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art History.
Dr. Philip Jenkins - History Department; Area of Research: Global Christianity, past and present; new and emerging religious movements; and twentieth century US history, chiefly post-1975.
Dr. Kimberly R. Kellison - History Department; Area of Research: American South; Civil War and Reconstruction; and Religion in the American South.
Dr. Thomas S. Kidd - History Department; Area of Research: Early America and American Religion.
Dr. Joseph Stubenrauch - History Department; Area of Research: Focus on the intersection between evangelicalism and the transitions of modernity in Britain, 1780-1851.
Dr. William Weaver - Great Texts Program; Area of Research: Renaissance Humanism, Early Modern English Poetry, Classical Tradition, and History of Rhetoric.
Dr. David Wilhite - Truett Seminary; Area of Research: Patristics.