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Meet Thomas Kidd

James Vardaman Distinguished Professor of History, Baylor University
Co-Director, Program on Historical Studies of Religion

Thomas Kidd is the Associate Director of ISR, and James Vardaman Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University. His books include Who is an Evangelical?: A History of a Movement in Crisis (Yale University Press, 2019); Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father (Yale University Press, 2017), American Colonial History: Clashing Cultures and Faiths (Yale University Press, 2016), Baptists in America: A History (with Barry Hankins, Oxford University Press, 2015), George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father (Yale University Press, 2014), 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), and The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America(Yale University Press, 2007). He has written for outlets including the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. Kidd blogs at “Evangelical History,” at The Gospel Coalition website.


 Baylor ISR Events

Research, lecture, and special speaking events

Living Accountably: Baylor Symposium on Faith & Culture
12:00 am
Quick Facts Dates: Wednesday, October 27-Friday, October 29 Location: Baylor University, Waco, Texas Deadline for Proposals: July 15 Website: www.baylor.edu/ifl/LivingAccountably Conference Description and Call for Proposals The notion of accountability is pervasive in contemporary life.  In the[...]
Nov 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Bioethics, COVID-19, and Vaccination
4:00 pm
1st Annual Debakey Lecture in Medical Humanities and Bioethics A conversation with Dr. Peter J. Hotez and Dr. Devan Stahl Sponsored by Baylor University’s Medical Humanities Program, Ethics Initiative, Pre-Health Programs, and Institute for Studies[...]