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Thomas Kidd

Associate Director of ISRKidd
Professor of History, Baylor University
Co-Director, Program on Historical Studies of Religion

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Thomas Kidd is the  Associate Director of ISR, professor of history at Baylor University and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion. His books include Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots (Basic Books, 2011), God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution (Basic Books, 2010), American Christians and Islam (Princeton University Press, 2008), The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America, (Yale University Press, 2007), and George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father (Yale University Press, 2014). He writes for outlets including WORLD magazine, USA Today, and Kidd and ISR’s Philip Jenkins blog at the Anxious Bench at

Kidd teaches courses on colonial America, the American Revolution, and American religious history. He won a 2006-07 NEH Fellowship, and won a 2004 NEH Summer Stipend. Kidd came to Baylor University in 2002 after completing a Ph.D. in history at the University of Notre Dame, where he worked with the historian of religion George Marsden. He received a B.A. and M.A. at Clemson University. He and his wife Ruby have two sons, Jonathan and Joshua.