T.R. Noddings studies the history of mass-media Protestantism in the United States in the Gilded Age and Progressive era, with a particular focus on print evangelism and revivals. He is especially interested in the interconnections between media, urbanity, gender, and the family in the creation of nineteenth and twentieth-century evangelical Christian identities. He has published an article on evangelical work, metaphor, and gender fluidity within the early Bible Student organization (later the Jehovah’s Witnesses), and has an upcoming article in the fall, 2014 issue of Early American History that explores how “consecrated merchant” identities among the American Tract Society and “Millerite” millennialists destabilized binaries around both masculinity/femininity and the public/private sphere. He has been awarded a Mellon Cluster Fellowship for 2013 through Northwestern’s Gender and Sexuality department, and has just begun a four-year research fellowship with the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada.
Mr. Noddings is currently researching representations of children’s bodies in Progressive-era youth revivals in the Midwest, and is developing a project on the relationship between print images, newspapers, and expressions of Protestant religiosity in the public sphere. Other long term interests concern the interconnection between masculinity, rationality, and race in the construction of “modern” Christian identities, and the competition between irreligious and religious claims to modernity and rationality between 1870 and the 1920s.
Noddings, Timothy Robert. "The Bible Student’s Sacrifice: Gender Fluidity and Consecrated Identity in Evangelical America, 1879-1916," Religion and Gender, Vol. 2, no. 2 (2012), 328-347. Noddings, Timothy Robert. “Consecrated Merchants and Midnight Criers: Evangelicalism, Colporteur Identity, and Gender Distinctions in Antebellum America,” Journal of Early American History, vol. 4, no. 3 (Fall, 2014