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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Religion Social Sciences
soldier Social Sciences
civil religion Social Sciences
Great Depression Social Sciences
pilgrimage Social Sciences
World War I Arts & Humanities
politics Social Sciences
Christianity Social Sciences

Research Output 2002 2018

Thou shalt kill: A religious history of the rifle and the grenade in America's great war

Ebel, J. H., Jan 1 2018, In : Soundings. 101, 3, p. 238-254 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

First World War
civil religion

American Judaism, Jewish Piety, and the Great War

Ebel, J. H., 2014, In : Schweizerische Zeitschrift fur Religions- und Kulturgeschichte. 108, p. 89-106 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

World War I

American Literatures/American Religions

Ebel, J. & Murison, J. S., Jan 1 2014, In : American Literary History. 26, 1, p. 1-5 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

American Religion
American Literature

"The Wreckage and all the Glory": Protestant America and the legacy of the Great War

Ebel, J. H., Jan 1 2014, In : Journal of Presbyterian History. 92, 1, p. 5-25 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

World War I

Activities 1999 2011

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

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)
Apr 2008

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Wabash Fellowship, Chicago Forum on Pedagogy and the Study of Religion

Jonathan H Ebel (Recipient)

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Award - Fellowship awarded competitively

Dissertation Fellowship, Center for Religion and American Life at Yale

Jonathan H Ebel (Recipient)

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Award - Fellowship awarded competitively

The Role of Religion in Military Memorial Practices

Jonathan H Ebel (Speaker)
Mar 2 2011

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk