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Baylor University
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American religious history, 20th century, Margaret Mead, evangelicalism
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About Me

Elesha Coffman is associate professor of history at Baylor University. She is a graduate of Wheaton College (IL) and Duke University. She previously worked at Waynesburg University and the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and she spent a year as a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. At Baylor, she teaches courses on American intellectual history, religion in American history, and American food. She edits the journal Fides et Historia.

Recent Publications

Margaret Mead: A Twentieth-Century Faith (Oxford University Press, 2021)

The Christian Century and the Rise of the Protestant Mainline (Oxford University Press, 2013)

‘I Didn’t Say That’: Margaret Mead on Nature, Nurture, and Gender in the Nuclear Age,” Modern Intellectual History (2019)

“The Bible and the Mainline Denominations,” in The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in America, ed. Paul Gutjahr (Oxford University Press, November 2017), 546-557.

with Timothy D. Grundmeier, “Print Media and Religion in America,” in The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion in America,


Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Food History, Religion, Women