3092E Foreign Language Building
707 South Mathews
Urbana, Illinois 61801
U.S. Religious History
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’s Great Depression.
Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2004
B.A. Harvard University, 1993
Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Researchers, 2014-2015
Awards and Honors
Guggenheim Fellow, 2017-2018
Helen Corley Petit Scholar, 2012-2013
Conrad Humanities Scholar, 2015-2020
REL 236: Religion, Violence, and America
REL 510: Graduate Intro to the Study of Religion
REL 134: Religion, Race, and Resistance
REL 436: Religion in the U.S., 1900-1941
REL 235: History of Religion in America
REL / PHIL 110: World Religions
REL 437: Religion and American Cinema
Holscher, K., Ebel, J., Riess, J., Edmonds, J. L. T., Heo, A., & Kelman, A. Y. (2019). Forum: The religious situation, 1968 (part 1). Religion and American Culture, 29(1), 1-35. https://doi.org/10.1017/rac.2019.1
Ebel, J. H. (2018). Thou shalt kill: A religious history of the rifle and the grenade in America's great war. Soundings, 101(3), 238-254.
Ebel, J. H. (2015). G.I. Messiahs: Soldiering, War, and American Civil Religion. Yale University Press.
Ebel, J. H. (2014). American Judaism, Jewish Piety, and the Great War. Schweizerische Zeitschrift fur Religions- und Kulturgeschichte, 108, 89-106.
Ebel, J., & Murison, J. S. (2014). American Literatures/American Religions. American Literary History, 26(1), 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1093/alh/ajt062