Jonathan H Ebel

Director of Graduate Studies, 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
  • Email:
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Office Hours

  • Monday, 12:30-200

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 G.I. Messiahs: Soldiering, War, and American Civil Religion (Yale, 2015), 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 a religious history of the Great Depression in agricultural California, the working title of which is A Wandering Oklahoman Was My Father: Religion and Migration in America‚Äôs Great Depression. 

Education

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

Distinctions / Awards

  • Conrad Humanities Scholar, 2015-2020
  • Helen Corley Petit Scholar, 2012-2013

Grants

  • Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Researchers, 2014-2015

Courses

  • RLST 235: History of Religion in America
  • RLST 510: Graduate Intro to the Study of Religion
  • RLST / PHIL 110: World Religions
  • RLST 436: Religion in the U.S., 1900-1941

Specializations

  • U.S. Religious History

Selected Publications

Books

  • G.I. Messiahs: Soldiering, War, and American Civil Religion. Yale University Press, 2015.
  • 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

  • ""In Every Cup of Bitterness, Sweetness": California Christianity in the Great Depression." Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture(2011):
  • "Jesus Freak and the Junkyard Prophet: The School Assembly as Evangelical Revival." Journal of the American Academy of Religion77.1 (2009):