Early Modern Atlantic History • Age of Revolutions • American Religious History


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William J. Clements Department of History – Dallas Hall Room 51
214-768-2977 – kengel@smu.edu

Research Interests: Eighteenth-century Atlantic World, Age of Revolutions, Early Modern Religion, Digital Humanities

Current Research: The Cause of True Religion: International Protestantism and the American Revolution

Four Questions with Randall Stephens at US Religious History Blog

Courses Taught: 

US Religious History to 1865

US Religious History since 1865

Religion and the American Revolution


“Revisiting the Bishop Controversy,” in Patrick Spero and Michael Zuckerman, eds., The Revolution Reborn (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming 2016).

The Founding Fathers in Modern America,” in Matthew Avery Sutton and Darren Dochuk, eds., Faith in the New Millennium (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015), 7-24.

“Dissent in the Atlantic World after the American Revolution,” in Vol II of A History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions, series eds., Timothy Larsen and Mark Noll (Oxford: University of Oxford Press, forthcoming 2016)

Triangulating Religion and the American Revolution through Jedidiah Morse,” Common-place, 15.3, May 2015.

Religion and Profit: Moravians in Early America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009, paper 2011).

  • 2010 Dale W. Brown Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, awarded by the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies.

“The SPCK and the American Revolution: The Limits of International Protestantism,” Church History, March 2012, 8(1), 77-103.

“Moravians in the Eighteenth-century Atlantic World,” Journal of Moravian History, 12(1), Spring 2012, 1-19.

“Religion and the Economy: New Methods for an Old Problem,” Early American Studies 8(3), Fall 2010, 482-514.

“The Evolution of the Bethlehem Pilgergemeine,” in Jonathan Strom and James Melton, eds., Pietism in Two Worlds (New York: Ashgate, 2009), 163-181.

“’Commerce that the Lord Could Sanctify and Bless’: Moravian Participation in Transatlantic Trade, 1740-1760” in Michele Gillespie and Robert Beachy, eds., Pious Pursuits: German Moravians in the Atlantic World (New York: Berghahn Books, 2007), 113-126.

“Bridging the Gap: Religious Community and Declension in Eighteenth-century Bethlehem, Pennsylvania,” 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era, 11 (2005), 407-442.

“The Strangers’ Store: Moral Capitalism in Moravian Bethlehem, 1753-1775,” Early American Studies 1(1), January 2003, 90-126.

  • 2003 Colonial Society of Pennsylvania Article Prize


Colin Powel Faculty Fellow, Tower Center for Political Studies, 2014

Sam Taylor Research Fellowship, 2014

Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Research Grant, 2012

Affiliate Fellow, Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University, 2011-2012

ACLS Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowship, 2009-2010 Competition Year

SHEAR Research Fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia-Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 2010

American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant, 2009

Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, Young Scholars Program, 2007-2009

McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Barra Postdoctoral Fellow, 2004-2005

Yale University, Center for Religion in American Life Dissertation Fellow, 2002-2003

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Research Fellow, 2001

Program in Early American Economy and Society-Library Company of Philadelphia Dissertation Fellow, 2000-2001