Dr. Richard Traylor


Dr. Richard Traylor, associate professor of history, joined the history faculty at Hardin-Simmons University in 2003 to teach Early America.

In addition to teaching survey courses on United States history, he teaches upper-division courses on Colonial and Revolutionary America, the Early Republic, and the Civil War and Reconstruction. He also enjoys teaching courses on Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and the History of American Religious Culture.

Traylor has published articles in the Missouri Historical Review and the journal Baptist History and Heritage. Dr. Traylor is currently revising his dissertation “Born of Water and Spirit: Popular Religion and Early American Baptists in Kentucky, 1776-1860” for publication with the University of Tennessee Press.


Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Arts, Religion, Oklahoma Baptist University, 1991
  • Master of Divinity, Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1994
  • Master of Art, Southern History, University of North Texas, 1997
  • Doctor of Philosophy, American History, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2003
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  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
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