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Jonathan Riddle

Jonathan Riddle

Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Great Books
Humanities and Teacher Education Division, Seaver College
CAC 117


  • PhD, University of Notre Dame, 2019
  • MA, Baylor University, 2013
  • BA, Grove City College, 2010


  • Review of Douglas A. Foster, A Life of Alexander Campbell (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2020), in Church History (forthcoming)
  • “Physiology, Vitalism, and the Contest for Body and Soul in the Antebellum United States,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (forthcoming) 
  • “Christianity and the Coronavirus in the United States,” in Routledge Handbook of Religion, Medicine, and Health, ed. Dorothea Lüddeckens et al. (New York: Routledge, 2022)
  • “Cholera Outbreaks Revealed Power, Prejudice, and Compassion. So Does COVID-19,” Christianity Today, April 8, 2020
  • “Masters and Ministers: Baylor University Leaders during the American Civil War,” in Slavery, Civil War, and Freedom: Texas Baptists in the Civil War Era, ed. Nicholas T. Pruitt (LSU Press, forthcoming)
  • “All Catholics Are Spiritualists: The Boundary Work of Mary Gove Nichols and Thomas Low Nichols,” Church History 87, no. 2 (June 2018): 452–486
  • “How Christians in the United States Confronted Past Epidemics,” Living and Learning in the Time of Covid-19, Wheaton College | Wheaton, IL, June 8, 2020
  • “Holistic Care: How Abolitionist Doctors Confronted Racialized Medicine,” Lawndale Christian Health Center | Chicago, IL, March 6, 2020
  • “‘A Good Investment’: Personal Health Amidst Economic Uncertainty,” 134th annual meeting of the American Historical Association | New York, NY, January 3–6, 2020
  • “‘Underserved’ and ‘Overexposed’: The History of Race and Structural Determinants of Health in the United States,” Pre-Health Professions Club conference, entitled, “Just Health: Who Gets Health Care and Why,” Wheaton College | Wheaton, IL, April 9, 2019
  • “The Science of Human Life: Vitalism, Materialism, and the Rise of Physiology in the Antebellum United States,” 92nd annual meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine | Columbus, OH, April 25–28, 2019
  • “From Embodied Republicanism to Empowered Bodies: Physiology and Political Thought in the Antebellum North,” 132nd annual meeting of the American Historical Association | Washington, DC, January 4–7, 2018
  • “Uniting Body and Soul: How Regimen Became Religion in the Antebellum Physiological Reform Movement,” 39th annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic | Philadelphia, PA, July 20–23, 2017
  • “Reforming Body and Soul: Health and Religion in the Antebellum North, 1820–1860,” University of Oxford-University of Notre Dame History Workshop | Oxford, UK, March 1–5, 2016


  • History of the United States
  • History of Religion
  • History of Health and Medicine


  • History of the American Peoples
  • Great Books Colloquium I
  • Great Books Colloquium II