ISAE Director and Professor of History at Wheaton College
Edith Blumhofer received her B.A .and M.A. from Hunter College in New York City and her Ph.D. from Harvard University.
She originally came to the Institute as a Project Director in 1987. Dr. Blumhofer served as ISAE director between 1993 and 1995, then spent time as a grant officer for the Religion Division of the Pew Charitable Trusts and as Administrative Director of Martin Marty’s Public Religion Project at the University of Chicago.
She returned to the ISAE as its director in 1999. Her areas of expertise include the history of Pentecostalism and the historic role of women in American evangelicalism. In addition to teaching courses in Wheaton’s History department, Dr. Blumhofer serves as a member of the editorial advisory board for the University of Alabama Press’s Religion and American Culture series and is a trustee for the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, CT.
She is the author of a number of books including Her Heart Can See (Eerdmans, 2005), a biography of hymn writer Fanny Crosby; Restoring the Faith: the Assembly of God, Pentecostalism, and American Culture (Illinois, 1993); and Aimee Semple McPherson: Everybody’s Sister (Eerdmans, 1992). In addition she has edited a number of volumes including Religion, Education and the American Experience: Reflection on Religion and American Public Life (Alabama, 2002), as well as serving as the co-editor of a number of volumes including (with Mark Noll) Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land: Hymnody in the History of American Protestantism (Alabama, 2004), and (with Grant Wacker and Russell Spittler) Pentecostal Currents in American Protestantism (Illinois, 1999).
Associate Director of the ISAE and Editor of the Evangelical Studies Bulletin
Larry Eskridge received his B.A. from Trinity College (IL), his M.A. from the University of Maryland-College Park, did doctoral course work at the University of Notre Dame, and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Stirling in Scotland.
Dr. Eskridge joined the Institute in the role of Interim Administrator in 1988 and has served as its associate director since 1993. His primary working interest lies in the intersections between 20th-century evangelicalism, mass media, and pop and youth culture(s).
With Mark Noll, he was co-editor of More Money, More Ministry: Evangelicals and Money in Recent North American History (Eerdmans, 2000). Eskridge is the executive producer of a recently-released, ISAE-produced, 6-part DVD series entitled People of Faith: Christianity in America (Vision Video, 2012). His book on the Jesus People movement of the 1960s and 1970s, God’s Forever Family: The Jesus People Movement in America, is coming out with Oxford University Press in June 2013.
Over the years he has taught several different courses on American history and religion for Wheaton’s History department, contributed to a number of reference works (including the American National Biography, the Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals, and Evangelical Christians and Popular Culture), and served as a resource for scores of print and broadcast media outlets.