department of history


Christopher D. Cantwell

Assistant Professor
Internship Director

Religious History, Public History, Digital History, 19th and 20th Century U.S.

201 Cockefair Hall
Phone: 816-235-2551


2012 Ph.D., Cornell University

2006 M.A., Cornell University

2003 B.A., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Courses for Fall 2013

> HIST 300B  Introduction to Public History

> HIST 401A  Religion in America


Between the Pew and the Picket Line: Working-Class Christianities of the Industrial Age (University of Illinois Press, 2014). Co-edited with Heath W. Carter and Janine Giordano Drake.

“Self, Subject, and the Sacred: Biography and American Religious History,” Religion Compass, (commissioned for Summer 2013 issue).

"Beyond the Protestant Nation: Religion and the Narrative of American History,” Fides et Historia 44 no. 2 (2012): 1-36, A forum published with Robert A. Orsi, Richard Bushman, Catherine Albanese, Lila Corwin Berman, and Wallace Best.

Digital Projects

Pullman: Labor, Race, and the Urban Landscape in a Company Town. (Newberry Library, 2012).

"Faith in the City: Religion and Urban Life in Chicago, 1870-1920," in Digital Collections for the Classroom (Newberry Library, 2011).

Grant Projects

Co-Director. "Out of Many: Religious Pluralism in America." An NEH Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges program held at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois (2012-2014).