Jeffrey Barbeau, Ph.D.


Biblical and Theological Studies Department

Professor of Theology
On Faculty since 2008

Office: BGC 552
Phone: (630)752-5920


Ph.D., Marquette University, Religious Studies, 2002

M.A., Marquette University, Theology, 1998

M.A., Old Dominion University, English Literature, 1996

About Jeffrey Barbeau

My teaching and writing emerge from the intersection of theology, literature, and history. I believe the best teachers guide students in their work—leading them into an extended conversations about theological ideas, captivating literature, and provocative historical questions surrounding faith, society, and developments around the globe. Writing and research on British Romanticism, theology and literature, the nineteenth-century, Methodist history, and Wesleyan theology has shaped my teaching and thinking about the pivotal issues facing our world.

My latest publication is an intellectual biography of one of the most fascinating women in nineteenth-century England: Sara Coleridge: Her Life and Thought (2014). I am currently editing an anthology of primary-source writings in British Christianity between 1750 and 1830 for the Documents of Anglophone Christianity series (Baylor University Press) and, with Beth Felker Jones, a collection of essays from the most recent Wheaton Theology Conference: Spirit of God: Christian Renewal in the Community of Faith (IVP).

I am an active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville, a devoted fan of the Green Bay Packers, and an enthusiastic golfer.

Courses Taught

  • Christian Theology
  • Historical Theology
  • Historical Theology: Reformation
  • Historical Theology: Modern
  • Modern World Christianity
  • Theology and the Liberal Arts
  • Advanced Systematic Theology: Pneumatology
  • American and British Romanticism and Theology

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Society of Church History
  • Friends of Coleridge
  • Historical Society of the United Methodist Church
  • Venerable John Henry Newman Association
  • Wesleyan Theological Society
  • Wordsworth-Coleridge Association


  • Theology and Literature
  • British Romanticism
  • Wesleyan Theology
  • History of Methodism
  • World Christianity
  • Global Pentecostalism
  • Doctrine of the Holy Spirit



Sara Coleridge: Her Life and Thought. Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Coleridge, the Bible, and Religion. Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Edited Books

Romanticism and Renewal: Later Eighteenth-Century Britain to 1832. Documents of Anglophone Christianity. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press. In process.

Spirit of God: Christian Renewal in the Community of Faith. Eds. Jeffrey W. Barbeau and Beth Felker Jones. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. In process.

Coleridge’s Assertion of Religion: Essays on the Opus Maximum. Studies in Philosophical Theology, no. 33. Louvain: Peeters Press, 2006.

For more information, including further publications and Dr. Barbeau's blog ("Reading History"), see

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