Elizabeth Flowers, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religion
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Associate Professor of Religion

  • Ph.D., Duke University (Graduate Program in Religion), 2007
  • M. Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1999     
  • B.A., Millsaps College, 1989

Elizabeth Flowers joined the Religion department at Baylor in the summer of 2019 after thirteen years as a professor at Texas Christian University. Her research focuses on issues of gender in American religion, particularly evangelicalism. Her first book, Into the Pulpit: Southern Baptist Women and Power Since World War II, considers the role of women in the Southern Baptist battles and culture wars of the late twentieth century. A Marginal Majority: Women, Gender, and a Reimaging of Southern Baptists, which Flowers coedited, is forthcoming and includes her work on Rosalynn Carter and the struggle of progressive evangelicals for the ERA. Her current project is a history of inerrancy as it invokes a theology of complementarianism. Flowers is active in the leadership of the American Society of Church History and the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, and she enjoys teaching Sunday School at her local church. She and her husband, Darren J.N. Middleton, have one teenage son.

Academic Interest and Research

American religious history; history of evangelicalism; women and gender in the history of Christianity