Jonathan H Ebel

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Personal profile

Research Interests

U.S. Religious History

Professional Information

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

Honors & Awards

Guggenheim Fellow, 2017-2018
Helen Corley Petit Scholar, 2012-2013
Conrad Humanities Scholar, 2015-2020


Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Researchers, 2014-2015


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

Office Address

Department of Religion
3092E Foreign Language Building
707 South Mathews
Urbana, Illinois 61801

Office Phone

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Research Output

  • From Jeremiad to Jihad: Religion, Violence, and America

    Carlson, J. D. (ed.) & Ebel, J. H. (ed.), Jun 2012, University of California Press. 250 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Forum: The Religious Situation, 1968 (Part 1)

    Holscher, K., Ebel, J., Riess, J., Edmonds, J. L. T., Heo, A. & Kelman, A. Y., Dec 1 2019, In : Religion and American Culture. 29, 1, p. 1-35 35 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalShort survey

    Open Access


    • 15 Invited talk
    • 11 Types of Award - Fellowship awarded competitively
    • 6 Participation in conference

    Divinity School Fellowship

    Jonathan H Ebel (Recipient)


    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Award - Fellowship awarded competitively

    Roundtable on Religion in the United States Military

    Jonathan H Ebel (Speaker)

    Sep 2011

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Christian Imagery, American Identity, and Memories of War

    Jonathan H Ebel (Speaker)

    Jul 2010

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Religious Visions of America, 1960 – 2006

    Jonathan H Ebel (Speaker)

    Jan 2009

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association

    Jonathan H Ebel (Chair)

    Nov 2009

    Activity: Attendance typesParticipation in conference