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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 Patheos.com. Kidd and ISR’s Philip Jenkins blog at the Anxious Bench at Patheos.com
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.