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Academics - Religion Faculty & Staff

Academics - Religion Faculty & Staff

Jonathan Baer

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Center Hall 204

Curriculum vitae

Jon Baer arrived at Wabash College in 2002. He teaches in the areas of American religious history, church history, Christianity and culture, anthropology and sociology of religion, and new religious movements. His research has focused on American evangelicalism, particularly the Holiness and Pentecostal movements, and the intersections of Christianity, health, and healing, and his articles, essays, and reviews that have appeared in a variety of publications, such as Church History and the Journal of Religion. Prof. Baer serves as director of Scroll: The Wabash Institute of Theology for Youth, a summer program for young men funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment. He is also director of Callings: Exploring Vocational Identity and Purpose, a NetVUE-affiliated program at Wabash. Prof. Baer is the faculty athletics representative for the college. He has been a fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University and is as a national research fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at IUPUI. He and his wife Carolyn are the parents of two sons and a daughter.


Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Yale University, 2002
M.Phil. in Religious Studies, Yale University, 1998
M.A. in Religious Studies, Yale University, 1995
M.Phil. in Social and Political Theory, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, 1990
A.B. in History and Political Science, Duke University, 1989


REL 181 - Religion in America
REL 172 - The Christian Church in the Modern Era
REL 280 - Religion and Health in America
REL 280 - Sects and Cults in America
REL 297 - Sociology of Religion
REL 298 - Anthropology of Religion


“The Soil of the Prosperity Gospel.” Published online by 9Marks.  December 20, 2013.

“Holiness and Pentecostalism.” In The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America. Ed. Philip Goff. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, 569-86.

“Health, Disease, and Medicine.” In The Encyclopedia of Religion in America. 4 vols. Eds. Peter W. Williams and Charles H. Lippy. CQ Press, 2010. V. 2: 954-65.