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Lindsey B. Maxwell is an Assistant Teaching Professor who specializes in the history of faith, politics, and education. She examines how social networking evolved through print media to shape religious doctrines, political ideologies, and personal identities. Extending from the study of America’s rural heartlands and metropolitan centers of South Africa, Maxwell’s scholarship traces developments from their local origins to their global impact. Her doctoral research, which featured most recently in a volume on Global Protestant Missions, examined the significance of missionary periodicals in the ascent of Pentecostalism to a dynamic intercontinental movement of the early twentieth century. Maxwell’s current project investigates the rise of homeschooling in 1970s America to clarify its cultural and political impact on present-day education. To that end, she is building an online archive dedicated to the movement’s history that comprises oral histories, rare periodicals, and cultural commodities. Combining periodical studies and network analysis, her book illuminates how evangelicals formed international networks to advance homeschooling and reshape American conservatism during the late twentieth century. Maxwell has presented this work in progress, which she outlines on her personal website, to audiences at the American Historical Association, the American Academy of Religion, and the History of Education Society. Rendering the homeschooling movement as a force of change in the nation’s educational system and political spectrum, the project materializes as home education is attracting unprecedented interest from a broad and diverse coalition of citizens.
Maxwell has gathered extensive experience as an educator in different environments. She has taught American and World History courses in high-schools, community colleges, and four-year universities. Her practical qualifications include curriculum development and instructional design. Through use of cutting-edge technologies, she creates immersive and inclusive classroom experiences for digital natives of the twenty-first century. In all her instruction, she emphasizes skill development, information literacy, and collaborative learning to prepare students for success in contemporary academic and professional settings. Maxwell has contributed to the National Council for the Social Sciences and other educational conferences with talks on tech-assisted online teaching and the use of virtual reality in history education.