History Department
History Department

Christopher Babits

B.A. & M.A., Clark University

Ph.D. Candidate
Christopher Babits



American masculinities; gender and sexuality; history of psychology; conservative lived religion; slavery and abolition; educational history, policy, and reform; historical teaching methods


Chris' research focuses on United States religion, gender, and sexuality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His dissertation is tentatively entitled "To Cure a Sinful Nation: Conversion Therapy and the Making of Modern America, 1930 to the Present Day." This project has received generous support from the following fellowships and grants:

  • American Historical Association, Albert J. Beveridge Grant
  • Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women Dissertation Grant
  • Columbia University, Libraries Research Award
  • Massachusetts Historical Society, New England Regional Fellowship Consortium 
  • Historical Society of Pennslyvania, Albert M. Greenfield Fellowship
  • University of Chicago, Robert Platzman Memorial Fellowship 
  • University of North Texas, Special Collections Fellowship
  • University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Research Scholars Award
  • Virginia Theological Seminary, African American Episcopal Historical Collection Travel Grant
  • Southern Baptist Library and Archives, Lynn E. May, Jr. Research Grant

History Graduate Council

I served as one of the co-leaders of the History Graduate Council for the 2015-2016 school year. The Council provides history graduate students a voice for their educational and professional experiences at the University of Texas.