Emily Bailey

Associate Professor


Contact Info

LA 3138


BA, Religion & Biblical Literature, Smith College, 2006
PhD, Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh 2015

Areas of Expertise

American Religious History
Christian History
Food Studies
Religion & Gender


A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Emily Bailey joined the Religious Studies faculty in 2016. Her current research focuses on the intersections between Christian morality, dietary reform, and gendered power in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in America. She is preparing a book manuscript for this project, preliminarily titled, “Mother Knows Best: Methodism, Seventh-day Adventism, and Dietary Morality in Victorian America.”

Dr. Bailey teaches a range of courses at Towson, including RLST 105: Introduction to the Study of Religion, RLST 202: Introduction to Christianity, RLST 205: Women in World Religions, RLST 206: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, RLST 355: Introduction to the New Testament, and RLST 357: Religion and Food. She looks forward to developing the department’s course offerings for religion in America in the coming semesters!

Dr. Bailey and her husband Troy are enthusiastic history buffs, and are enjoying the abundance of local religious and U.S. historical sites in their new Baltimore home.

Dr. Bailey’s publications and book reviews can be found in Miracles: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Supernatural Events from Antiquity to Present (2016), The Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics (2014), the Salem Press Defining Documents series (2013 & 2014), the Bulletin for the Study of Religion, the Journal: Food, Culture, and Society, and the Food, Ritual and Religion Envision Study Manual (Huntington University, Sudbury, Ontario, 2015).