I am currently (2017-18) a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame.
I received my B.A. in history from Grove City College (2009), my M.A. in history from Baylor University (2011), and my Ph.D. in history from the University of Notre Dame (2016). During the 2016-17 academic year I was a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow with Notre Dame’s Department of History. Please find my full C.V. below.
BENJAMIN J. WETZEL
405 Geddes Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556
2017-2018 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame
2016-2017 Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar, History Department, University of Notre Dame
2016 Ph.D. in History, University of Notre Dame
2011 M.A. in History, Baylor University
2009 B.A. in History, magna cum laude, Grove City College
Theodore Roosevelt: Preaching from the Bully Pulpit (under advance contract with Oxford University Press)
American Crusade: Lyman Abbott and the Christian Nation at War, 1860-1920 (manuscript completed; in process of submitting proposals to university presses)
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
2015 “A Church Divided: American Catholics Debate the Spanish-American War.” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 14, no. 3 (Jul.): 348-66.
2012 “Onward Christian Soldiers: Lyman Abbott’s Justification of the Spanish-American War.” Journal of Church and State 54, no. 3 (Summer): 406-25.
2012 “Fundamentalists, Liberals, and a Mennonite Third Way: Reexamining the Career of Bishop Daniel Kauffman.” 104-28. In The Activist Impulse: Exploring the Intersection of Evangelicalism and Anabaptism. Edited by Jared S. Burkholder and David C. Cramer. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock.
Other Academic Publications
Forthcoming s.v. “Old Order Amish Church.” In Baker Handbook of Denominations and Ministries. Edited by George Thomas Kurian. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker.
2016 s.v. “Abbott, Lyman,” “Beecher, Henry Ward,” and “Strong, Josiah.” In Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. Edited by George Thomas Kurian and Mark Lamport. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
2013 “The Spanish-American War and its Aftermath.” Contribution to The American Yawp, a free, online U.S. history textbook. http://www.americanyawp.com/
2011 “‘This Sacred Warfare’: Northern Congregationalists Interpret the Civil War.” Bulletin of the Congregational Library 8:2 (Fall): 2-10.
2009 “A ‘Third Way’?: The Role of Daniel Kauffman in Mennonite Fundamentalism.” Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage 32 (Jan.): 12-17.
2016 Ebel, Jonathan H. G.I. Messiahs: Soldiering, War, and American Civil Religion. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2015. For Journal of Church and State 58, no. 4 (Autumn): 790-92.
2016 Bush, Perry. Peace, Progress and the Professor: The Mennonite History of C. Henry Smith. Harrisonburg, VA: Herald Press, 2015. For Mennonite Quarterly Review 90, no. 4 (Oct.): 571-73.
2015 Miller, Steven P. The Age of Evangelicalism: America’s Born-Again Years. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. For Mennonite Quarterly Review 89, no. 2 (Apr.): 323-25.
2014 Gundlach, Bradley J. Process and Providence: The Evolution Question at Princeton, 1845-1929. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013. For Journal of Ecclesiastical History 65 (Oct.): 939-40.
2013 Gamble, Richard M. In Search of the City on a Hill: The Making and Unmaking of an American Myth. London: Continuum, 2012. For Religion and American History Blog, http://usreligion.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-strange-career-of-city-on-hill.html
Instructor of Record
2017 “United States History To 1877,” University of Notre Dame (Spring)
2016 “United States History Since 1877,” University of Notre Dame (Fall)
2015 “American Religion Since 1865,” University of Notre Dame (Fall)
Teaching Assistant or Tutor
2012-2015 Teaching Assistant for Departments of History and American Studies, University of Notre Dame (five courses)
2010 Tutor, History Department, Baylor University
2010 Tutor, Student-Athlete Services, Baylor University
Awards and Certifications
2015 Striving for Excellence in Teaching Certificate, Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Notre Dame
2014 Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award, Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Notre Dame.
FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS
2015, 2014, 2012 Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame, research and conference travel grants [some declined]
2015, 2014, 2012 Union of Graduate Historians, University of Notre Dame, research and conference travel grants [some declined]
2012 Notebaert Professional Development Grant, University of Notre Dame
2009-2010 Guittard Fellowship, Baylor University History Department
SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS AND CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
2017 African American Intellectual History Society Annual Conference, Nashville, TN: “‘Heavy is the Guilt that Hangs Upon the Neck of This Nation’: The African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Civil War.”
2016 Boston College Biennial Conference on the History of Religion, Boston, MA: “‘There Will Be a Day of Reckoning for Our Country’: Missouri Synod Lutherans Face World War I.”
2015 Humanities and Divinity: Reckoning with Intellectual and Religious History Conference, Notre Dame, IN: “‘The Cause of God and Liberty’: The African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Civil War.”
2015 American Catholic Historical Association, Notre Dame, IN: “A Church Divided: American Catholics Debate the Spanish-American War.”
2014 American Historical Association, Washington, DC: “A Church Divided: American Catholics Debate the Spanish-American War.” [Sponsored by the American Society of Church History] [Paper accepted, but unable to attend due to inclement weather]
2013 American Historical Association, New Orleans, LA: “A Twentieth-Century Crusade: Lyman Abbott, Christian Nationalism, and World War I.” [Sponsored by the Society of Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era]
2010 Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Conference, Houston, TX: “Occom vs.Occom: English Christianity and Indian Identity in the Late Eighteenth Century.”
2009 Mid-America Conference on History, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK: “The Social Gospel and Racial Reform, 1865-1918.”
Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Spring 2017 Grant Reviewer, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts
Fall 2014-Spring 2015 Academic Vice-President, Union of Graduate Historians, University of Notre Dame
Fall 2013-Spring 2015 Co-Director, The Colloquium on Religion and History, University of Notre Dame
Fall 2013-Spring 2016 Funding Committee, Union of Graduate Historians, University of Notre Dame
American Historical Association
Society of Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
American Society of Church History
Society for U.S. Intellectual History
Conference on Faith and History