Jonathan H Ebel

Associate Professor

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Contact Information

  • Address: Department of Religion
    3031 Foreign Language Building
    707 South Mathews
    Urbana, Illinois 61801
  • Telephone: (217) 244-4507
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Research Interest(s)

U.S. Religious History

Research Description

  • Professor Ebel's research program involves religion and war, religion and violence, lay theologies of economic hardship all within the American context. He is the author of Faith in the Fight: Religion and the American Soldier in the Great War (Princeton, 2010) and the co-editor with Professor John Carlson of From Jeremiad to Jihad: Religion, Violence, and America (California, 2012). He is currently at work on two book-length projects, G.I. Messiahs: Soldiers, War, and American Civil Religion,  which is under contract with Yale University Press, and A Wandering Oklahoman Was My Father: Religion and Migration in America’s Great Depression. 

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2004
  • B.A. Harvard University, 1993

Distinctions / Awards

  • Helen Corley Petit Scholar, 2012-2013

Courses

Specializations

  • U.S. Religious History

Selected Publications

Books

  • From Jeremiad to Jihad: Religion, Violence, and America (edited with John Carlson). University of California Press, 2012.
  • Faith in the Fight: Religion and the American Soldier in the Great War. Princeton University Press, 2010.

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Journal Articles

  • "Of the Lost and the Fallen: Ritual and the Religious Power of the American Soldier." Journal of Religion (forthcoming)(2012):
  • "Mine Eyes Have Seen La Gloire: Soldiers’ Bodies, French Soil, American Sacred." Material Religion: A Journal of Art, Objects, and Belief (forthcoming)(2012):
  • ""In Every Cup of Bitterness, Sweetness": California Christianity in the Great Depression." Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture (forthcoming)(2011):
  • "Jesus Freak and the Junkyard Prophet: The School Assembly as Evangelical Revival." Journal of the American Academy of Religion77.1 (2009):