Jonathan H Ebel

 Jonathan Ebel

Contact Information

Department of Religion
3031 Foreign Language Building
707 South Mathews
Urbana, Illinois 61801

Office Hours

  • Monday, 12:30-200
Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor
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Research Interests

  • 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’s 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

Selected Publications

Books

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G.I. Messiahs: Soldiering, War, and American Civil Religion Yale University Press 2015.
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Faith in the Fight: Religion and the American Soldier in the Great War Princeton University Press 2010.
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From Jeremiad to Jihad: Religion, Violence, and America (edited with John Carlson) University of California Press 2012.

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 Religion 77 1 2009.

In The News

  • University of Illinois professor of religion Jonathan Ebel has been awarded a 2017 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Ebel is one of 173 scholars, artists and scientists named as 2017 Guggenheim Fellows. They were chosen from almost 3,000 applicants on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, according to the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, in a press release.

  • Jon Ebel, Associate Professor of Religion, writes a monthly blog for the Huffington Post. Be sure to read his Jan. 17 post regarding the U of I’s convocation ceremony