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Anja-Maria Bassimir

is Assistant Professor and postdoctoral researcher at the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany. She studied history and religious studies in the US and Germany. She has been working in Mainz since 2013, first in the DFG Research Group UnDoing Differences on a project on religious periodical studies and since 2021 in the SFB Human Categorization on a project on transnational US American food policy. She is coeditor of Religious Periodicals and Publishing in Transnational Contexts: The Press and the Pulpit; her book Evangelical News: Politics, Gender, and Bioethics in Conservative Christian Magazines of the 1970s and 1980s was published with Alabama University Press in 2022.

Christoph van den Belt

currently teaches Journalism at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Tilburg. He is trained as a historian (MPhil from Radboud University Nijmegen) and studied the history of Dutch journalism, with a focus on religious media (PhD from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). He is mainly interested in religious, political, and cultural transformations that took place in Europe in the second half of the twentieth century.

Stefan Gelfgren

is Associate Professor of the Sociology of Religion, at the Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Umeå University, Sweden. He has a background in the History of Ideas (PhD from Umeå University), and in the History of Christianity (MPhil from University of Birmingham). His current work focuses on present-day churches’ and denominations’ use of digital media. He has also done work in the field of nineteenth century Evangelical revivalism. His main research interest is the relation between societal and technological changes in context with changes in religious faith and practices throughout history, as well as an interest in surveillance studies.

Karina Kosicki Bellotti

is Associate Professor of Contemporary History at the Department of History at the Federal University of Paraná-Brazil. She has a background in Cultural History and History of Protestantism and Pentecostalism (PhD and MS from Unicamp and Visiting Researcher of the University of Texas at Austin in 2005–2006). She has published research on Religion, Media, and Culture, regarding visual culture, material religion, legacy, and digital media made by Evangelical groups in Brazil and the United States. Her current work is on Religion and Health in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church media, and on religious nationalism in Brazil and the United States.

Daniel Lindmark

is Professor of Church History and Professor of History and Education at the Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Umeå University, Sweden. He earned his PhD in History in 1995, and in 2022 he received an honorary doctorate of Theology from Åbo Akademi University, Finland. His research interests include popular education, popular reading, religious use of history, colonial encounters, historical justice, and popular revival movements. He is a working member of the Royal Skyttean Society and the Royal Gustavus Adolphus Academy for Swedish Folk Culture. In 2022, he was awarded the Várdduo scientific prize for Sami research.

Michael Longinow

is Professor of Journalism at Biola University. He has taught journalism and media at Christian universities in the United States since 1989. Prior to his entry into academia, he was a reporter/writer for daily newspapers outside Chicago and Atlanta, covering general assignment and political stories at the city, state, and national levels. He brings a biblical perspective to his teaching, encouraging his students to be truth-tellers with a sense of prophetic conscience. His doctoral research at the University of Kentucky examined the role of media in the growth and development of American Evangelicalism between 1888 and 1942. His published academic writing has dealt with the growth and development of Christian media, Evangelicalism, and the changing nature of media in the United States.

Giovanni Maltese

is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Global Christianity and director of the homonymous Institute at the University of Hamburg. His interdisciplinary research focuses on religion, politics, and gender as well as on problems of method and theory in the study of religion. He has authored two books and more than twenty articles and book chapters on Pentecostalism, Evangelicalism, populism, and rightwing authoritarianism, as well as on conceptualizations of Islam, religion(s), and masculinity among early twentieth-century South- and Southeast Asian Muslim intellectuals. Currently, He is visiting scholar at the Faculty of Divinity and bye-fellow at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge.

Skylar Ray

is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Baylor University, where she obtained an MA in history in 2017. Her fields of specialty include American religious history, modern American history, and Latin American religious history. Her master’s thesis examined the relationship between mainline Protestantism and American culture. Her dissertation—“Healing Minds, Saving Souls: Evangelicals and Mental Health in the Age of the Therapeutic”—examines the Evangelical relationship to modern psychology and its therapeutic function in treating issues of mental health.

Philipp Reisner

is a Privatdozent at the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany. His multidisciplinary research focuses on early modernity, religion in America, the histories of childhood, education and music, and contemporary American literature. His dissertation on the New England theologian Cotton Mather (1663–1728), which examines Mather’s theological role in the context of early modern society, appeared in 2012. He completed his habilitation thesis on contemporary Anglo-American poetry at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz and was awarded the venia legendi for American Studies in 2021. He is currently preparing for publication his second monograph, a study of biblical motifs in American poetry of the last four decades.

Andrea Rota

PhD, is Associate Professor of the Study of Religion at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS) at the University of Oslo, Norway. He previously held research and teaching positions at the Universities of Fribourg, Bayreuth, and Bern. His main research interests are the public presence of religion—with particular attention to public schools and to religious and secular narratives surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic—the history of religion and the social sciences, the use of media technologies in religious contexts, and philosophical theories of collective action.

Tamara J. Welter

PhD, is Associate Professor of Journalism in the Department of Digital Journalism and Media at Biola University in La Mirada, CA, USA. Her areas of expertise converge in the exploration of cultural influence on the reading of meaning in visual images. This research expands into eye-tracker technology, examining the physical movement and connection of the eyes with various parts of images. She first connected with publishers in Africa when she taught for a workshop on publication design in Kenya where she connected with Christian publishers from across the continent. She holds an MA in magazine journalism and a PhD in intercultural studies and enjoys teaching at the intersection of the two.

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Protestant Periodicals in Transition

From the Twentieth Century to the Digital Age

Series:  Studies in Periodical Cultures, Volume: 4


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