Major Field: United States History
Other Fields: Religious History, Women’s History
Adviser: William L. Barney
BS Emory University, 2010
MA Emory University, 2010
MA Thesis: “Religious Coming of Age among Students at Antebellum Georgia’s Evangelical Colleges”
Pearl Young is particularly interested in religious culture and ideology and the ways in which they inform larger political and social trends. In particular, her dissertation explores the ways in which antebellum Southerners used evangelical theology to rationalize secession as a moral imperative. She traces the importance of theological ideas such as the “city on a hill”, the millennium, the individual, and providential design through the discourse of white Southern evangelicals in public and private arenas.