James Kidd is a Distinguished Professor of History, the James Vardaman Endowed Professor of History, and the Associate Director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. His research interests are in eighteenth-century North America, particularly the history of evangelicalism. He has written several books, including most recently Who Is an Evangelical?: The History of a Movement in Crisis (Yale University Press, 2019), and Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father (Yale University Press, 2017). 

He holds a PhD from Notre Dame University.