Miles S. Mullin II, PhD

Professor of Religious History

Dr. Mullin has taught at Hannibal-LaGrange University since 2015 where he also serves as vice president for academic administration and dean of the faculty. Prior to coming to HLGU, he served as associate professor of church history for 10 years at the Houston campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He maintains broad historical and theological interests, but his main area of expertise is American religious history, specifically the interplay between religion and culture. Along those lines, research has focused on evangelical history, while maintaining a strong secondary interest in African American religious history, especially the Civil Rights era.

After spending a decade in Houston (TX), Dr. Mullin appreciates the outdoor beauty that characterizes Missouri and takes every opportunity to hike, kayak, or otherwise be outside. He also enjoys any time he gets to spend with his family, and, of course, students.

“I love the Lord, and I love students,” says Dr. Mullin. “It seems natural to end up at Hannibal-LaGrange University with its reputation for providing a high-quality, personal Christian education.”

Dr. Mullin and his family moved to Hannibal in 2015. He has been married to Jenny since 1993. Together they have two sons: Darius (19) and Titus (16).

You can follow Miles on social media at the links below.

Twitter: @msmullin
Instagram: @msmullin2

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, Religion, 2009
  • M.A. Vanderbilt University, Religion, 2006
  • M.Div. with Biblical Languages, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2001
  • B.A. University of Virginia, Foreign Affairs, 1995

Memberships

  • American Society of Church History
  • The Conference on Faith and History
  • The Evangelical Theological Society

Teaching Areas & Research Interests

  • History of Religion in the United States of America
  • Christianity in America
  • History of Christianity
  • Early Christian History
  • Reformation Era History
  • Historical Theology
  • Fundamentalism & Evangelicalism
  • Baptist History & Heritage
  • African American Religious History
  • Religion in the Civil Rights Era
  • Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics

Publications

  • Contributor, The Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). Articles: Compassion International; James Robinson Graves; Letter from Birmingham Jail; Robert Willard Pierce; New Evangelicalism; World Relief.
  • How Texas Became a Conservative Evangelical Powerhouse,” Review of Rough Country: How Texas Became America’s Most Powerful Bible-Belt State by Robert Wuthnow. Christianity Today Online. March 5, 2015.
  • “Evangelicalism as Trojan Horse: The Failure of Neo-evangelical Social Theology and the Decline of Denominationalism,” Criswell Theological Review 12:1 (Fall 2014): 49-68.
  • “Shall We Let Them Die? Postwar Evangelicalism and Global Social Ministry: The Early Years of World Relief, 1944-50,” Fides et Historia 46:1 (Winter/Spring 2014): 40-57
  • “Neoevangelicalism and the Problem of Race in Postwar America.” Chapter in J. Russell Hawkins and Phillip Luke Sinitiere, eds., Christians and the Color Line: Race and Religion after Divided by Faith. New York: Oxford, 2013.