Sarah Miglio, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
On Faculty since 2010

Office: Blanchard 240
Phone: (630)752-5153
Fax: (630)752-7101


Ph.D., History, University of Notre Dame, 2012

M.A., History, University of Notre Dame, 2007

M.A., Biblical Archaeology: New Testament and the Classical World, Wheaton College, 2004

B.A., Biblical Studies, Moody Bible Institute, 1999

About Sarah Miglio

Dr. Miglio’s research interests combine her ongoing study of American culture and religion with modern Middle Eastern history during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. One of Dr. Miglio’s goals while writing and teaching globally situated history is to explore the relationship between American domestic history and the world. Her dissertation, “Civilizing the World: Progressive Religion and Politics from Chicago to the Middle East, 1890-1925” argues that practical Christians, a network of activists in Chicago, shared a commitment to non-sectarian Christian cooperation and the exercise of Christian Citizenship in order to reform their neighborhoods, their nation, and the world. Practical Christians sought spiritual and cultural conversions of home heathen and foreign populations abroad, and the twin tasks of domestic and international reform led practical Christians to export progressive social work to foreign mission fields while applying missionary tactics to their domestic activism. The practical Christian reform coalition of conservative and liberal Protestants faltered following World War I as conservatives continued to prize spiritual conversions and liberals increasingly emphasized the process of Americanizing and democratizing immigrants and the world.

Presentations and Publications

“ ‘Non-Partisan Christians’: The Moral Imperative of Social Reform and the Power of Unexpected Alliances in Chicago, 1904-1915,” January 2011 annual meeting of the American Society of Church History

“Heathens, Heroes, and Harbingers in American Protestant Imagination,” Panel Respondent, January 2010 annual meeting of the American Society of Church History

“Mohammed Webb and the Specter of Polygamy at the 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions,” November 2007 annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion

“Encountering Islam: Mohammed Alexander Russell Webb and the 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions,” January 2007 annual meeting of the American Society of Church History

“Progressivism, Missionary Activists, and the Problem of ‘Primitive’ Christians,” October 2009 University of Notre Dame Colloquium on Religion and History

“America’s Sacred Duty: Near East Relief and the Armenian Crisis, 1915-1925,” October 2008 Gordon College

“ ‘Barbaric’ Turks and ‘Primitive’ Armenians: Race, American Missions, and the Armenian Genocide,” September 2007 Baylor University

Review of Jonathan Ebel, Faith in the Fight: Religion and the American Soldier in the Great War in Journal of Church and State December 15, 2010 doi: 10.1093/jcs/csq128.

“Alexander Russell Webb," and "Columbian Exposition of 1893 & Muslim Participation at the Fair,” in The Encyclopedia of Muslim American History, ed., Edward E. Curtis IV (New York: Facts on File, 2009).

Courses Taught

  • American and Modern Middle East History
  • Modern Middle East History
  • Marriage, Family & Gender in U.S. History
  • Religion, Politics & Society in 20th-Century America

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