Ellen J. Blue, PhD
- Mouzon Biggs, Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity and United Methodist Studies
- Director of Denominational Formation (United Methodist)
- Faculty Representative
- Methodist history and doctrine
- Methodist women's history
- British Reformation
- Our Lady of Guadalupe
- 20th century history
- Women's issues
- BS, University of Louisiana, Monroe, 1980
- MA, University of Louisiana, Monroe, 1989
- MDiv, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, 1995
- PhD, Tulane University, 2002
- Joined Phillips in 2002
- Coordinator for DMin track in Pastoral Leadership in Church & Society: Transformational Leadership for Women in Ministry
- Ordained elder in the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church and experienced pastor
- Member of the American Academy of Religion
- Member of American Society of Church History
- Member of Historical Society of the United Methodist History
- Member of Southern Association of Women Historians and Southern Historical Society
- St. Mark's and the Social Gospel: Methodist Women and Civil Rights in New Orleans ( Univ. of Tennessee Press, 2011). Excerpts have appeared in Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Methodist History; as a chapter in Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times, Janet Allured and Judith F. Gentry, eds. (Univ. of Georgia Press, 2009); and in New Orleans and Urban Louisiana "The Citizens Forum on Integration: 'Underground' Methodist Response to the Brown decision," Samuel C. Shepherd, Jr., ed. (Center for Louisiana Studies, 2005).
- Attentive to God: Thinking Theologically in Ministry, co-authored with Charles Wood (Abingdon, 2008)
- Christian Century is publishing a series of cases, some from the book and some original for the magazine.
- In Case of Katrina (Wipf & Stock’s expected 2014). The project is an outgrowth of her course, “The Church’s Response to Katrina,” which takes students to Louisiana to explore the churches’ re-evaluation of their missions.
Dr. Ellen Blue is the Mouzon Biggs, Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity and United Methodist Studies. She is coordinator of the D.Min. degree in Transformational Leadership for Women. An ordained elder in the Louisiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, she is Director of Ministerial Formation for UMC students.
Dr. Blue is the author of St. Mark’s and the Social Gospel: Methodist Women and Civil Rights in New Orleans, a history of a deaconess-run community center published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2011 and reissued in paperback in 2014. Her book co-authored with Charles M. Wood, Attentive to God: Thinking Theologically in Ministry, was published by Abingdon in 2008 and has been translated into Korean.
Several of her case studies have appeared in Christian Century. She has written many other published articles and chapters in books, including “Should Theological Education Be Different for Women?” in Women and Ordination in the Christian Churches: International Perspectives. Her essay, “‘Yes, We are Everywhere’: Thirty Years with the Women for Progressive Action, Lower Ninth Ward,” won the Women in United Methodist History Writing Award from the General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) in 2013 and appeared in Methodist History.
She was awarded a $30,000 Lilly Faculty Fellowship for her project, “In Case of Katrina: Reinventing the United Methodist Church in Post-Katrina Louisiana,” and her next book, forthcoming from Cascade Books, is on that topic.