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, music in the American church, and the historic role of women within 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.
Dr. Blumhofer 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). Over the years she has contributed dozens of articles and reference entries including recently, "Religion and Music" in the acclaimed Cambridge History of Religion in America (2012) and an essay titled "Spreading the Gospel in Christian America" in the volume American Christianities (UNC, 2011).
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. He 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).
Dr. Eskridge is the author of a book on the Jesus People movement of the 1960s and 1970s, God’s Forever Family: The Jesus People Movement in America (Oxford University Press, 2013)--Christianity Today magazine named it the best book in history/biography as well as its 2014's "Book of the Year," and the Religion Newswriters' Association selected it as the organization's 2014 non-fiction "Book of the Year." Recently he has also written the entry on "North American Evangelicalism" for the World Evangelical Alliance's Handbook of Evangelicals in the 21st Century (Stiller & Hutchinson, editors). With Mark Noll, he was co-editor of More Money, More Ministry: Evangelicals and Money in Recent North American History (Eerdmans, 2000). Eskridge is also the executive producer of three ISAE project videos including the recently-released, 6-part DVD series entitled People of Faith: Christianity in America (Vision Video, 2012). Over the years he has taught courses for Wheaton’s History and Bible/Theology departments, written several articles, contributed to a number of reference works (including the American National Biography, the Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals, the Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America, Contemporary American Religion, and Evangelical Christians and Popular Culture), and served as a resource for scores of print and broadcast media outlets.