Dr. Daniel Spillman

Associate Professor of History
Office Location Owens Hall, 305
Phone (Office) 405.585.4217
OBU Mailbox # 61736
Email daniel.spillman@okbu.edu


Daniel Spillman joined OBU as an Associate Professor of History in August 2017. Prior to OBU, he served as Associate Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at Williams Baptist College in Arkansas. His research and teaching interests include American religious, political, and cultural history in the 20th century. His current research project examines the history of American fundamentalism in the Sunbelt region during the 1920s and 1930s. 

He loves spending time with his wife, Teri, and traveling as often as possible, especially in Europe. His favorite writers include C.S. Lewis, Dallas Willard, Wallace Stegner, Erik Larson, and David McCullough. He enjoys cheering for the US national soccer teams, watching British mystery shows, and exploring used bookstores.


  • B.A., Asbury University 
  • M.A., Kent State University
  • Ph.D., Emory University

Courses Taught

  • U.S. History to 1877
  • U.S. History Since 1877
  • European Civilization
  • Modern Western Civilization
  • Civil War & Reconstruction
  • A Global Power: U.S. History Since 1932
  • World War II

Publications and Presentations

"The Feuding Disciples of J. Frank Norris: Shotguns, Sermons, and Schismatic Baptists in Arkansas, 1932-1934.” Presented at the International Conference on Baptist Studies, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, July 21, 2018.

Invited Speaker, “Holy War in the Delta: The Jonesboro Church Wars and American Fundamentalism in the Great Depression,” Sponsored by Arkansas State University’s Department of History, Phi Alpha Theta, Jonesboro, Arkansas, April 6, 2017.

Review, Quaker Brotherhood: Interracial Activism and the American Friends Service Committee, 1917-1950, by Allan W. Austin, in Fides et Historia (Summer/Fall 2014).

Contributing Writer, “The Triumph of the Right,” in The American Yawp Textbook, edited by Ben Wright and Joseph Locke, www.AmericanYawp.com (2014).

“The Sharon Statement Launches Young Americans for Freedom (1960),” in Encyclopedia of American Reform Movements, edited by John R. McKivigan and Heather L. Kaufman (Facts on File: Library of American History Series, 2010).

“‘He Spoke to the People’: Young Conservative Intellectuals, Ronald Reagan, and the Republican Presidential Primaries in 1976,” Presented at the Annual Meeting for the American Historical Association, San Diego, January 8, 2010.

“Student Conservatives,” in Encyclopedia of the Culture Wars: Issues, Voices, and Viewpoints, edited by Roger Chapman (Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2009).


  • Midwestern History Association 
  • Arkansas Historical Association
  • Conference on Faith and History