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Brad McKinnon

Brad McKinnon is a PhD student in History in the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. Brad has been a Doctoral scholar of the Swedenborg Society since 2020.


Brad has a Bachelor degree in Political Science from the University of Memphis, a Master of Ministry degree from Freed-Hardeman University, and a Master of Arts in History from the University of North Alabama. He is Associate Professor of History at Heritage Christian University in Florence, Alabama, where he also works as Director of Field Education and is the managing editor of Heritage Christian University Press/Cypress Publications. He is a contributor to the George Washington Digital Encyclopedia and is the author of ‘The Wall that Divides: Mission and Race Relations in the Churches of Christ, 1967–1970′ in Reconciliation Reconsidered: Advancing the Conversation on Race in Churches of Christ (Abilene Christian University Press, 2016). He served as the editor of Frederick W. Danker’s Beyond Borders with Saint Luke (HCU Press, 2018) and was co-leader of the Hanoverian Document Digitization, Georgian Papers Programme–Alabama Project in 2019Brad’s research interests include twentieth century American social movements and religious history.


Brad’s dissertation is titled ‘The Epiphanies of Helen Keller: Swedenborgianism, Socialism, and the Representations of Disability in Twentieth Century America.’ His research focuses on the intersection of three key features of Helen Keller’s identity—her religious identity as a reader of Emanuel Swedenborg, her socialist political activism, and her role as a champion for persons with disabilities. Specifically, he is examining the influence of Swedenborg’s Maximus Homo on Keller’s understanding of the social obligations of believers or as she echoed Swedenborg—’love made visible.’