Mark Joslin is a PhD candidate studying religious reform societies in the U.S. during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. His dissertation will examine the New York City Mission and Tract Society as it developed from a voluntary, evangelical mission society to one primarily focused on the well-being of the urban, immigrant poor in New York City, from 1866-1913. This dissertation argues that the Mission and Tract Society illuminates the culture of reform in the U.S. across the 19th century, and challenges the theory of secularization that divides socially conscious intellectuals from their evangelical counterparts.
Mark has also worked as a TA for a wide variety of history courses as both an MA and PhD student, and as an instructor-of-record at Glen Oaks Community College.
American religion, reform, Gilded Age, Civil War
BA, English, Andrews University
MA, History, Western Michigan University