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Anne Blue Wills


Ph.D. Duke University
M.Div.Yale Divinity School
B.A. Davidson College

I teach courses in American religion and culture, specializing in 19th-century women's religious activism.


My research interests include civil religion, politics and religion, gender and religion, popular religious practice, African-American religious traditions, Mormonism, and religious memoir.

I am currently writing a biography of Ruth Bell Graham and coediting a volume on Billy Graham. My most recent article is a study of religion and scrapbooking titled "Mourning Becomes Hers: Women, Tradition, and Memory Albums" in Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation (Winter 2010). In addition to other articles and book reviews, my other publications include an entry on "Religion" in Women in American History: An Encyclopedia, edited by Hasia Diner (Facts on File, 2011); an article on the domestic mission movement in the Encyclopedia of Religion in America, edited by Charles H. Lippy and Peter W. Williams (CQ Press, 2010); and several biographical articles in The Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Politics, edited by Mark Y. Hanley and Roy P. Domenico (Greenwood Press, 2006).

I belong to the American Academy of Religion and serve as the president of the AAR's Southeast Region. I'm also a member of the American Society of Church History and chair its Research and Prize Committee.

I'm a member of the American Society of Church History; I serve on the Council and chair the Research Committee. I also chair the Undergraduate Sessions for the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion, and belong to the American Academy of Religion and the American Studies Association.