Kathryn Long

Kathryn Long faculty emeriti photo

Kathryn Long, Ph.D.

Professor of History Emerita

On Faculty since 1993

Dr. Long's professional interests focus on Christianity in the Americas, particularly in the United States and in Latin America, during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She finds questions of interpretation and historical memory fascinating. Why do people or communities remember some events and not others? How is historical memory shaped and transmitted?

Partly because of that interest, she enjoys searching for examples of "material culture" characteristics of American Protestants during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries — postcards, photographs, plaques, needlepoint — at flea markets and antiques fairs. She also cares about good writing and likes being able to encourage students in her classes to see both writing and historical research as inherently Christian activities.

Dr. Long is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is active in the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn. She enjoys taking walks in downtown Wheaton and along local bike paths, activities she hopes to pursue with a newly adopted dog, an English Cocker Spaniel named Thumper.

Duke University
Ph.D., History of American Christianity, 1993

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
M.Div., 1988

University of Missouri
B.A., Political Science, 1972

University of Missouri
B.J. (Bachelor of Journalism), 1971

  • History of Christianity in North America
  • Survey of Latin American History
  • History of Women in the U.S.
  • Historiography of Church History
  • Topical seminars in the history of American Christianity: the Scopes Trial, Protestant Women in Missions, Readings in Latin
  • American Christianity 
  • American Society of Church History
  • Conference on Faith and History
  • American Historical Association

Dr. Long is currently writing a book on American missionaries and their work among the Waorani people in Ecuador during the second half of the twentieth century. The book explores the domestic impact of the American missionary impulse and the historical significance of the contemporary missionary/indigenous encounter in Latin America.

Her other research work has focused on the history of nineteenth-century revivals and on the history of photography and missions.

"God in the Rain Forest: A Case Study of Religion and Social Change in Amazonian Ecuador." Paper presented at the Center for the Study of Religion and Society, Department of Sociology, University of Notre Dame, December 3, 2010.

Long, Kathryn. "Christianity at the Intersection of Competing Worlds: The Waorani of Amazonian Ecuador" (revised)/ 'Los Huaorani del Amazonas Ecuatoriano: La Cristiandad en la Interseccion de Mundos en Competencia.' Paper presented for discussion at the Conference on Mission and Power/Conference sobre Mision y Poder, sponsored by the Conference on Faith and History and the Institute for the Promotion of Higher Education in Latin America (IPECS-Instituto para la promocion de la educacion cristiana superior), June 22-25, 2009, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Beckerman, Steven, Pamela I. Erickson, James Yost, Jhanira Regalado, Lilia Jaramillo, Corey Sparks, Moises Iromega, and Kathryn Long. "Life histories, blood revenge, and reproductive success among the Waorani of Ecuador." PNAS 106:20 (May 19, 2009): 8134-8139.

"Martyrs, Ladies, and Ordinary People: Gender and Mission in Amazonian Ecuador," lecture presented February 7, 2008, at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California.

Long, Kathryn. "The Two Sides of the Revival of 1857-1858 in the Context of Nineteenth-century American Culture," paper presented as part of a panel discussion at the 150th Anniversary of the Fulton Street Noon Prayer Meeting, New York City, September 22, 2007.

"Missionaries in the Mainstream Media: Patronage and Publicity," paper presented as part of a panel on "Evangelicals and Public Life in Post-World-War II America," American Society of Church History, January 5, 2007.

Long, Kathryn. "The Revival of 1857-58," in the Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America, edited by Michael McClymond, 362-366, Greenwood Press, 2007.

Long, Kathryn. "More than Meets the Eye: History and 'The End of the Spear,' a review essay, Books & Culture (May/June, 2006): 16-18.

Long, Kathryn. "Martyrs to the Spear," with Carolyn Nystrom, Christian History and Biography (January 2006): 43, 44.

Long, Kathryn. "The Meanings of Faith among the Waorani in the Ecuadorian Amazon: A Preliminary History," paper presented at the 2005 Pruit Memorial Symposium, "Global Christianity: Challenging Modernity and the West," Baylor University, November 10-12, 2005.

Long, Kathryn. "Cameras 'Never Lie': The Role of Photography in Telling the Story of American Evangelical Missions," Church History: Studies in Christianity & Culture (2003): 820-851.

Long, Kathryn. "In the Modern World, but Not of It: The 'Auca Martyrs,' Evangelicalism, and Postwar American Culture." In The Foreign Missionary Enterprise at Home: Explorations in North American Cultural History , edited by Daniel H. Bays and Grant Wacker. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 2003.

Long, Kathryn. "Elliot, P. James and Elisabeth Howard," in Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals, edited by Timothy Larsen. Downers Grove Il : Inter-Varsity Press, 2003.

Long, Kathryn. "'Turning . . . Piety into Hard Cash:' The Marketing of Nineteenth-Century Revivalism." In God and Mammon: Protestants, Money, and the Market, 1790-1860 , edited by Mark A. Noll. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2002.

Respondent, panel discussion, "History and the Idea of Christian Scholarship," Conference on Faith and History Biennial Fall Meeting, Huntington College , Huntington , Indiana , October 10-12, 2002.

Long, Kathryn. "Consecrated Respectability: Phoebe Palmer and the Refinement of American Methodism." In Methodism and the Shaping of American Culture , edited by Nathan O. Hatch and John H. Wigger. Nashville : Kingswood Books, 2001.

Long, Kathryn. "In the World but not of it: Revival, Missions, and Cultural Engagement," (three-lecture series) Lectures in Church History, Canadian Theological Seminary, Regina, Saskatchewan, October 13, 14, 2000.

Long, Kathryn. The Revival of 1857-58: Interpreting an American Religious Awakening . New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.

Long, Kathryn. "From 'Shadow History' to Front-page News: Missionaries, the Media and the 'Auca Martyrs,'" paper presented, American Society of Church History, January, 1998.