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Dr. Blake Ellis is an associate professor of history at Lone Star College-CyFair, where he teaches courses in US and Texas history. A 20th century historian by training, he earned his Ph.D. from Rice University and holds master’s degrees from Baylor University and Rice University. He is passionate about teaching, diversity on campus, higher education access, and community involvement. He currently serves as the faculty advisor for Phi Theta Kappa, co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council, and a member of the Honors Council, the Learning Communities Committee, and Conversations: Beyond the Book.

He has written extensively on the rise of the Christian Right as a force in US politics and the connection between evangelical religion and the politics of gender and sexuality. His dissertation is titled, “An Alternative Politics: Texas Baptists and the Rise of the Christian Right, 1960-1985” and his work has been published in Southwestern Historical Quarterly, the Journal of Southern History, and the History News Network, among others.

He is a frequent contributor to Teaching United States History.


Edinburgh, UK


In 2012, Dr. Ellis participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks workshop, “Along the Shore: Changing and Preserving the Landmarks of Brooklyn’s Industrial Waterfront. Read his blog entries here

In 2013, Dr. Ellis was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to attend, “African American History and Culture in the Georgia Lowcountry: Savannah and the Coastal Islands.” Details here

In 2013, Dr. Ellis received the Robert McGehee Award for promoting success among LGBTQ students at Lone Star College-CyFair.

Dr. Ellis was recently named a Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholar for 2014-2015. In this role, he will travel to Tortola, British Virgin Islands, and St. Louis, Missouri, to develop curriculum for Phi Theta Kappa’s 2014 Honors Study Topic, “Frontiers and the Spirit of Discovery.” Read more here and here.

In 2014, Dr. Ellis was inducted into the District IV Hall of Honor at the Phi Theta Kappa Texas Region Convention.

Dr. Ellis was recently named, “Advisor of the Year” at the 2014 Student Life Awards for LSC-CyFair.


US History to 1877

US History since 1877

US History since 1877 (Honors)

Texas History

Who Are You? Who Are We? Personality and Biography in History and Psychology (History/Psychology learning community)

Human Rights, Human Wrongs: Social Justice in American Literature and History (History/English learning community)

Post-1945 America (Rice University)

Religion and American Life: Civil War to the Christian Right (Rice University)

U.S. Women’s History I: Colonial Beginnings to the Civil War (Rice University)


“Fighting the Winds of Change: Texas Baptists and the Separation of Church and State, 1960-1985,” details here

“They Refuse to Read the First Amendment: Texas Baptists and the Rise of the Christian Right, 1970-1985,” details here.

Last fall, he gave an invited lecture to the Baylor University Institute for Studies of Religion titled, Baptists and the Separation of Church and State, or Not?

He also made three presentations to Lone Star College-CyFair’s Academy for Lifelong Learning:

“Year of the Texas Woman? Sissy Farenthold, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, and the 1972 Elections in Texas,” details here.

“Shivercrats vs. The People’s Senator: Ralph Yarborough, Democratic Battles, and the Changing Face of Texas Politics in the 1950s,” details here.

“Race and Place in Georgia: Savannah and the Georgia Coastal Islands,” Academy for Lifelong Learning at LSC-CyFair, 2014.


PTK-Sponsored Lecture with Dr. Stephen Kleinberg


“The McGovern Moment: Reconsidering George McGovern’s 1972 Campaign,” Academy for Lifelong Learning at LSC-CyFair, 2014.

“From Traditionalism to  Targeting in the Lone Star State: ‘Deviate Behavior,’ the Homosexual Conduct Law, and the Origins of the Christian Right in Texas,” Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting, 2014.

Chair, “Twentieth Century Currents in the Flow of Texas Religious History,” Texas State Historical Association, 2015.

“God’s Economic Justice: Texas Baptists and Poverty Activism, 1960-1980,” Organization of American Historians, 2015.


“An Alternative Politics: Texas Baptists and the Rise of the Christian Right, 1975-1985,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly.

“Fighting the Winds of Change, Texas Baptists and the Rise of the Christian Right, 1970-1985,” book chapter in Narratives and Negotiations: Agency, Religion, and the State, Lexington Press (forthcoming).

Review of Obama, Clinton, Palin: Making History in Election 2008 (University of Illinois Press), Journal of Southern History.

“The Little Rock Nine” in The Encyclopedia of African American History, The Ohio State University Press.

“Students for a Democratic Society” in The Encyclopedia of the Culture Wars, M.E. Sharpe Press.


Evangelicals and Choice

After Maine

Gingrich as Inevitable? Beware the National Polls

Teaching US History in a Diverse Classroom: Shifting Strategies, Immeasurable Rewards

The Politics of Politics in the Classroom

Teaching Healthcare History in the Age of Obama


Mayor Annise Parker visits campus for Women's Month