Associate Professor of Religion
B.A. Davidson College
M.Div.Yale Divinity School
Ph.D. Duke University
Prof. Wills teaches courses in American religion and culture, specializing in nineteenth-century women's religious activism. Her research and teaching interests also include civil religion, politics and religion, gender and religion, popular religious practice, African-American religious traditions, Mormonism, and religious memoir. She is currently writing a biography of Ruth Bell Graham and coediting a volume on Billy Graham. Prof. Wills's most recent article is a study of religion and scrapbooking titled "Mourning becomes Hers: Women, Tradition, and Memory Albums" in Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation 20: 1 (Winter 2010): 93-121. In addition to other articles and more than a dozen book reviews, her other publications include an entry on "Religion" in Women in American History: An Encyclopedia, edited by Hasia Diner (Facts on File, 2011); an article on the domestic mission movement in the Encyclopedia of Religion in America, edited by Charles H. Lippy and Peter W. Williams (CQ Press, 2010); and several biographical articles in The Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Politics, edited by Mark Y. Hanley and Roy P. Domenico (Greenwood Press, 2006). A member of the American Society of Church History, she serves on its Council and chairs its Research Committee. Prof. Wills chairs the Undergraduate Sessions for the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion. She also belongs to the American Academy of Religion and the American Studies Association.
Davidson NC 28035-7063