Mandy McMichael, Ph.D

Mandy McMichael, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Ministry Guidance
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Associate Director and J. David Slover Assistant Professor of Ministry Guidance

  • Ph.D., Duke University (American Religious History)
  • Th.M., Duke Divinity School
  • M.Div., magna cum laude, Duke Divinity School
  • BA, summa cum laude with distinction, Judson College (Religion and Music)

Mandy McMichael joined the Religion department at Baylor in the summer of 2017 after five years as an Assistant Professor of Religion at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. Her current research focuses on the intersection of gender and American religious culture as it presents itself in beauty pageants. Her book examining religion and identity in the Miss America Pageant will be published by Baylor University Press. McMichael is an active member of several professional societies including the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, the American Academy of Religion, and the American Society of Church History. She is also an ordained minister in the Baptist tradition who has served in a variety of ministry roles, most recently as the organist at Pintlala Baptist Church in Hope Hull, Alabama. McMichael and her husband, Chad Eggleston, have two children.

Academic Interests and Research

Baptist History, Beauty and Religion, Evangelicalism, Missions and Evangelism, Women in Ministry

Professional Awards/Activities/Grants and Fellowships

Steering Committee Member, Religions and Families in North America group, American Academy of Religion

Member, NABPR Dissertation Scholarship Committee, 2017-2019

Member, Editorial Board, Perspectives in Religious Studies, 2017-2019

Wabash Center Fellowship, “Student Buy-In: Experiential Learning in First Year Religion Classes,” Summer 2016

Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Religion, Workshop Participant, Workshop for Pre-Tenure Religion Faculty at Colleges and Universities, 2015-2016

Order of Omega Greek Awards, Outstanding Chapter Advisor, Huntingdon College, 2015

Dr. and Mrs. John N. Todd Award for Excellence in Teaching, Junior Faculty Recipient, Huntingdon College, 2014-2015

Omicron Delta Kappa, Huntingdon College faculty initiate (chosen by current ODK members), 2015

Louisville Institute, Award Recipient, Louisville Dissertation Fellowship, 2011-2012

Young Scholars in the Baptist Academy, Workshop Participant, 2010


Miss America’s God: Faith and Identity in America’s Oldest Pageant. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2019.

Journal Articles

“Engaging Primary Sources.” Teaching Theology and Religion, July 2017.

“‘An Opportunity to Aid in This Good Work’: Power and Agency in the Ann Hasseltine Missionary Society” Baptist History and Heritage Society, Spring 2006, Vol. 41, No. 2.

“Educating Baptists: The Legacy of Basil Manly, Jr.” The Pacific Journal of Baptist Research, April 2006, Vol. 2, No. 1.

Courses Taught at Baylor
  • REL 2480 Introduction to Ministry
  • REL 3381 Communication in Ministry
View Dr. McMichael's CV and Books