Bio

My name is Devin Manzullo-Thomas. I’m a church historian and archivist with interests in American Christianity, commemoration, and historical memory. I currently teach at Messiah College, a small Christian liberal arts college in south-central Pennsylvania.

At the college, I wear multiple hats. First, I am senior lecturer in the humanities. I teach courses in the history of Christianity, American religious history, historical theology, and more. I also teach in our first-year general education program which focuses on helping students become critical thinkers and engaged writers.

Second, I serve as the director of the E. Morris and D. Leone Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies. In this role, I draw on my training as a historian to help the college community (and its founding denomination, the Brethren in Christ Church) understand and interpret its history and theological heritage. My role involves supervision of the Brethren in Christ and Messiah College archives and responsibility for planning an annual study conference, lectures, and other activities.

Finally, I also serve as the director of archives.

Outside of my work at Messiah College, I am a doctoral candidate in American religious history at Temple University in Philadelphia. My dissertation, tentatively titled “Exhibiting Evangelicalism: Commemoration, Conservative Christianity, and Religion’s Presence of the Past,” offers a history of evangelical Protestant historical museums in the United States. Learn more about my project here.

In addition to my dissertation research, which blends my interest in American religious history with my interest in public history and museum studies, my scholarship also focuses on the history of Christianity, and particularly on the history of the Brethren in Christ Church in the United States and Canada.

I have published articles and reviews in Church HistoryBrethren in Christ History and LifeMennonite Quarterly ReviewThe Conrad Grebel Review, The Covenant Quarterly, and other scholarly and popular publications.

My wife, Katie, and I are parents to an active toddler, Lucas. We live in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

You can follow me on Academia.edu.