Faculty & Staff

PhD, University of Virginia

M.A. University of Virginia

MDiv. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

B.A. University of Tennessee at Martin

Dr. Ashcraft has been at Truman since 1996. He earned his PhD in American Religious History from the Religious Studies Department at the University of Virginia. His books include The Dawn of the New Cycle: Point Loma Theosophists and American Culture, New Religious Movements: A Documentary Reader (co-edited with Dr. Daschke), and Introduction to New and Alternative Religions (co-edited with Eugene V. Gallagher).  He is currently working on a book-length history of the study of New Religious Movements.  His research interests include new or alternative religions that cease to be dynamic but retain beliefs about the future that include the species-wide transformation of humanity.  At Truman, he teaches courses on American religious history, new religious movements, gender and religion, African American religions, theory and method in religious studies, ethics, and comparative religion.