Dr. Bethany Kilcrease, Associate Professor of History

Bethany Kilcrease

Bethany Kilcrease, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
E-mail: bmt001@aquinas.edu

Educational Background
Ph.D., Boston College, May 2009
B.A., Calvin College, May 2002
Dr. Kilcrease's Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Spring 2015 Courses

HY162: World History II

GE202: Humanities II

HY303: History of China

HY357: Historiography

About Bethany Kilcrease

After growing up in Ludington, Michigan I moved to Grand Rapids and attended Calvin College, just down the road from Aquinas. Once I had graduated from Calvin, I moved to the East Coast and began a Ph.D. program in modern British history at Boston College under the direction of Dr. Peter Weiler. I received my Ph.D. from Boston College in May 2009. While I have loved living in Boston (all the books and baseball!), I am thrilled to be moving back to West Michigan to join the faculty at Aquinas College. As an historian, I specialize in modern British and European intellectual history. My research interests include mapping the intersections and implications 19th and early 20th-century British intellectual, political, and religious life. My dissertation, “The ‘Great Church Crisis,’ Public Life, and National Identity in late-Victorian and Edwardian Britain,” examines the panic in the late 1890s which gripped Anglicans and Nonconformists alike as they came to fear that Catholicism was growing in power and influence within British religious life. In addition to enjoying teaching and other historian stuff, I am an avid baseball (Red Sox and Tigers) and hockey fan (Griffins and Red Wings). I also enjoy hiking (especially the Ludington State Park!), biking, good beer, British detective novels, and hanging our with my husband Jack and daughter Miriam. Oh, and I am seriously really into cats.

Recent Scholarly Activity

Selected Research Publications

The Great Church Crisis and the End of English Erastianism, 1898-1906 (manuscript under submission)

“Worship Wars in Victorian Anglicanism: A Lutheran Historical Perspective” Logia: A Journal of Lutheran Theology (forthcoming in 2014)

“Radical Anti-Catholic Protestantism and When It Was Dark: The Novel and the Historical Context,” English Literature in Transition, 1880–1920 57, no. 2 (January 2014): 210-230.

“Protestant Paranoia and Catholic Conspiracies:  Protestant Perspectives on the Second Anglo-Boer War,” Fides et Historia 42, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2012): 30-52.

“Luther as Mirror, Hammer, and “Other” among Victorian Britons,” Lutheran Quarterly 24, no. 4 (Winter 2010): 394-423.

Selected Educational Publications

Independent Contractor Reviser for Instructor’s Resource Manual for Frank L. Kidner et al., Making Europe: The Story of the West, 2nd ed. (Boston: Cengage Learning, 2014).

“Origins and Modes of Imperialism,” in Eric Cunningham, ed., Western Civilization II: 1500-Present and World History II 1500 to Present [textbook layer], Milestone Documents (Schlager Publishing Group, 2013).


Selected Book Reviews

Review of Paul T. Phillips, Contesting the Moral High Ground: Popular Moralists in Mid-Twentieth Century Britain in Journal of British Studies 53, no. 2 (April 2014): 551-553.

Review of Edward Madigan, Faith Under Fire: Anglican Army Chaplains and the Great War; Stephen G. Parker and Tom Lawson, eds., God and War: The Church of England and Armed Conflict in the Twentieth Century; Michael Snape and Edward Madigan, eds., The Clergy in Khaki: New Perspectives on British Army Chaplaincy in the First World War in Anglican and Episcopal History 83, no. 1 (March 2014): 79-81.

Review of Anders Jarlert, ed., Piety and Modernity in Church History and Religious Culture 93, no. 4 (2013): 629-631.

Review of Patrick Brantlinger, Taming Cannibals: Race and the Victorians in Journal of World History 24, no. 2 (June 2013): 474-476.

Selected Conference Papers and Invited Lectures

“Violence as Threat and Fascination in late-Victorian Protestant Children’s Literature,” Midwest Victorian Studies Association Conference, University of Michigan, April 11-13, 2014

“An Orange Khaki Election: Anti-Catholicism, Church Discipline, and Erastianism in Britain’s General Election of 1900,” Henry Institute Symposium on Religion and Politics, Calvin College, April 25-27, 2013

“Modernity, the New Science, and Catholic Apologetics in Victorian Britain,” History Department Colloquium, invited lecture at Calvin College, February 20, 2013

“Late-Victorian Science and Catholicism: A ‘Living Being’ not a ‘Dead Fossil,’” Conference on Faith and History Biennial Meeting, Gordon College, October 4-6, 2012

“Guy Thorne, Popular Catholicism, and Fin-de-siècle Literature,” American Catholic Historical Association in conjunction with the American Historical Association, Chicago, January 5-8, 2012

“Britons, Boers, and the Pope:  The Great Church Crisis and the Second Anglo- Boer War,” Desantis Lecture Series, invited lecture at University of Notre Dame, March 4, 2011