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Ellen J. Blue, PhD

  • Mouzon Biggs, Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity and United Methodist Studies
  • Director of Denominational Formation (United Methodist)
denominationUnited Methodist Church
phone(918) 270-6443



  • 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

Key Facts

  • 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

Recent Publications

  • 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.

Current Projects

  • 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.

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