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Benjamin Wetzel

Associate Professor of History

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  • PhD, University of Notre Dame
  • MA, Baylor University
  • BA, Grove City College

Featured Publications

American Crusade: Christianity, Warfare, and National Identity, 1860–1920
Authors: Benjamin J. Wetzel
Publisher: Cornell University Press (2022)
Theodore Roosevelt: Preaching from the Bully Pulpit
Authors: Benjamin J. Wetzel
Publisher: Oxford University Press (2021)

Career Highlights

Dr. Wetzel's studies include the intersection of American religious, political, and intellectual history in the period from 1860 to 1920. His latest book, a study of American Christian commentary on the Civil War, Spanish-American War, and World War I, was published by Cornell University Press in 2022. He is currently working on a book tentatively titled Door of Hope: Theodore Roosevelt and the Black Freedom Struggle.

Featured Work

Lessons from the Faith of Theodore Roosevelt on the Centennial of His Death, The Gospel Coalition, January 6, 2019


I enjoy teaching at Taylor because of the opportunities to integrate faith and learning. I enjoy helping students think “Christianly” about American history, especially the role that religious people have played in it.


In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and watching all kinds of sports.