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Joshua Ward Jeffery

Joshua Ward Jeffery
Navajo Technical University · School of Arts and Humanities

MTS in Theological Studies, Vanderbilt University, 2015; MA in History, University of Tennessee, 2018.


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I am a historian, theologian, and social studies educator. My current research is focused on church and state issues in public education, and especially on the implementation and use of "Bible History and Literature" courses in the public schools. My historical and theological work also focuses upon church-state issues, including on religious pacifism and U.S. Government efforts to coerce pacifists to serve as combatant soldiers during the First World War. I also conduct research and write about the history and theology of the Stone-Campbell Movement, with a focus on the political theology of Christian non-participation in government and warfare.
Additional affiliations
May 2020 - present
Navajo Technical University
  • Professor (Assistant)
  • I am a historian and religious studies scholar, currently leading and teaching in a Criminal Justice program. I also lead the academic side of the Navajo Police Training Academy. I am a champion of law enforcement reform and I am currently revising and developing several public safety degree programs. I teach courses in law enforcement, history, political science, and Diné Studies. I am the university’s liaison to the Navajo Police Department and Department of Public Safety.
June 2018 - May 2020
The Orme School of Arizona
  • Chair; U.S. History Teacher
  • I supervised curriculum and instruction for the Humanities Department, including instructors of English, English as a Second Language, History, Government, Theatre, Music, and Art.
July 2017 - April 2018
Tusculum College
  • Professor (Adjunct)
  • I taught courses that integrated Western Civilization with World History.
August 2016 - December 2018
University of Tennessee
Field of study
  • History
August 2013 - May 2015
Vanderbilt University
Field of study
  • Religious Studies
January 2011 - May 2013
Warner Pacific College
Field of study
  • History


Publications (9)
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This essay examines federal persecution and prosecution of Disciples of Christ ministers and members during World War I. It demonstrates the Disciples of Christ largely jettisoned pacifism during the Civil War but pockets of pacifism remained within the denomination. The balance of the essay examines government suppression of those pockets of war r...
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As the historiography of peace movements and pacifism has expanded in recent years and attracted new attention from scholars, these narratives have often—and justifiably—focused on the role of religion in the creation and sustaining of movements for peace. Arguably, however, the history of peace and peace movements cannot be told without also telli...
Barringer and I examine the moral and religious dimensions of Country Music, especially focused on how Country Music functions as theology for listeners.
Hicks et al examine the history, political theology, and ethics of David Lipscomb's teachings on Christian non-participation in government and warfare.
Encyclopedia article on the American Protective League, a World War I era vigilante organization and official auxiliary of the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Investigation.
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I argue that the current state of police culture and training results in the unlawful use of force by law enforcement officers. Using my personal experience in law enforcement, along with a case study of the murder of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson, I argue that in some ways, we have over professionalized police, a...


Projects (4)