Caleb J. D. Maskell is a Ph.D Candidate in the Religion in the Americas subfield.
His dissertation examines the discourse of American Protestant hope in a coming millennial kingdom of God between 1815 and 1845. Paying particular attention to questions of race and the formation of historical consciousness in the young nation, it tells a story of how elite white evangelicals tried, in the name of Christian benevolence, to make normative a metahistorical vision of the coming millennial kingdom in the United States. Within three decades, these efforts had publicly foundered over their inability to speak truthfully about American slavery — but not before they had established a foundational element of the eschatological discourse of white Christian America.
Maskell has published recent pieces in Church History (September 2015), Religion and American Culture (Summer 2013), as well as reviews in the Journal of Religion, Church History, the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Pneuma, and Books and Culture, and several entries in the Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity (Cambridge, 2010). He has co-authored Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God: A Casebook, with Wilson H. Kimnach and Kenneth P. Minkema (Yale University Press, 2010) and co-edited Jonathan Edwards at 300 with Harry S. Stout and Kenneth P. Minkema (University Press of America, 2005).
In Spring and Fall of 2016, he has been an Adjunct Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Maskell graduated from the University of Chicago in 2000 (A.B. with honors) with a degree from the interdisciplinary Fundamentals program. In 2004, he received an M.Div summa cum laude from Yale Divinity School. After graduating from Yale, he worked for three years as the Associate Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University, where, alongside Harry S. Stout and Kenneth P. Minkema, he pioneered the creation of the Works of Jonathan Edwards Online, a leading digital resource for the study of American intellectual and religious history.