Alice T. Ott, PhD

Affiliate Professor of the History of Mission and World Christianity

Faculty Since 2009


BGS, Ohio University
MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


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Dr. Ott’s research and teaching interests include the history of mission and world Christianity as well as German Pietism. She has taught internationally in several countries. Prior to coming to TEDS, she served as a missionary in Germany for twenty-one years with Reach Global.

Selected Publications

Turning Points in the Expansion of Christianity: From Pentecost to the Present (Baker Academic, 2021)

The Sunwoman in the Wilderness: The Religious Beliefs and Practices of George Rapp and the Harmony Society in their Historical Context (Emeth Press, 2014)

“Accommodating Christianity to Confucian Culture: Matteo Ricci and the Early Jesuit Mission to China” in Sixteenth-Century Mission, eds. Robert L. Gallagher and Edward L. Smither (Lexham, 2021)

“The ‘Faithful Deacon’ and the ‘Good Layman’: The First Converts of the UMCA and their Responses to Mission Christianity,” Studies in World Christianity 24.1 (2018)

“The ‘Peculiar Case’ of Betsey Stockton: Gender, Race and the Role of an Assistant Missionary to the Sandwich Islands,” Studies in World Christianity 21.1 (2015)

“Singing to the Lord a New Song: Hymnody and Liturgy in George Rapp’s Harmony Society” in The Pietist Impulse in Christianity, ed. Christian Collins Winn (Wipf & Stock, 2011)

“Community in “Companies”: The Conventicles of George Rapp’s Harmony Society” in Pietism and Community in Europe and North America, 1650-1850, ed. Jonathan Strom (Leiden: Brill Press, 2010)

Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements

  • Member, Yale-Edinburgh Group on World Christianity and the History of Mission
  • Member, Evangelical Missiological Society


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