Dr. Joshua Guthman

Associate Professor of History
At Berea College since 2009

Contact Information

Frost Building, 114
CPO 1866
Email: guthmanj@berea.edu
Phone: 859-985-3257
Fax: 859-985-3642

Spring 2022

Office Hours

Tue/Thur: noon – 1:30 p.m.

Class Schedule

  • AFR/HIS 250 (Mon/Wed: 12:40 pm – 2:30 pm)
  • HIS 186 JG (Mon/Wed/Fri: 9:20 am – 10:30 am)
  • HIS 200  (Tue/Thur: 10:00 am – 11:50 am)


  • B.A., Northwestern University, 1996
  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008


Joshua Guthman’s work explores American religious history, narrative, emotional experience, and music. His book, Strangers Below: Primitive Baptists and American Culture, demonstrates the unlikely but enduring influence of a little-known group of anti-missionary and anti-revivalistic Baptists on American cultural and religious life. He was selected as a participant in the 2014–2016 Young Scholars in American Religion Program organized by the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture. At Berea, he teaches the introductory U.S. history survey and seminars in American religious history, microhistory, the trans-national history of emotions, and the cultural history of the American Civil War. He is presently at work on a book about an apocalyptic Christian group called the Pilgrims, whose 1817–18 journey in search of the Promised Land somewhere in the vast American West became a national cause célèbre and a chapter in American Protestantism’s self-understanding and self-delusion. With Dr. Douglas L. Winiarski, he co-organizes an ongoing symposium about the Shakers’ Era of Manifestations.