History Department
History Department

Christopher Babits

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

Ph.D. Candidate
Christopher Babits



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


My research focuses on United States religion, gender, and sexuality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My dissertation is tentatively entitled "To Cure a Sinful Nation: A Cultural History of Conversion Therapy and the Making of Modern America, 1930 to the Present Day." I will be conducting dissertation research for much of 2016-2017 with the generous support of the following fellowships and grants:

  • Columbia University Libraries' Research Award
  • The Historical Society of Pennslyvania's Albert M. Greenfield Fellowship
  • The University of North Texas' Special Collections Fellowship
  • The Southern Baptist Library and Archives' Lynn E. May, Jr. Research Grant
  • The University of Minnesota's Elmer L. Andersen Research Scholars Award

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.