Carol Ann Vaughn Cross

Carol Ann Vaughn Cross

Assistant Professor, Core Curriculum
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Core Curriculum
Office: Divinity Hall 313
Phone: 205-726-4226
Dr. Vaughn Cross has been teaching at Samford since 2000. She especially enjoys teaching Cultural Perspectives/Core Texts. While at Samford she has served as faculty-in-residence at the Daniel House in London; chair of the faculty committee on Campus Life; director of the Christian Women’s Leadership Center; and a facilitator of faculty-student cadres in spiritual development. Before coming to Samford she taught history at Judson College for Women and worked for The Alabama Review and WWII veterans of the U. S. Eighth Air Force.

Her academic work has led to presentations at the Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and World Christianity; the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning at Calvin College; the Association for Core Texts and Courses; the International Consortium of Baptist Studies; the Southern Historical Association; the Alabama Association of Historians; the North Atlantic Missiology Project (NAMP)/Currents in Christianity; the Salem State Visiting Lecture Series (MA); the Mid-America Conference on History; the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion in America/Religious Research Association; and the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Lebanon.

She also has made presentations to and participated in panels for such diverse civic and religious groups as Rotary International; Diversity University; Leading Edge Institute; Beeson Pastors School; Alabama Governors School; the University of Alabama Law School “Harmonies of Liberty Symposium”; NCCJ Interfaith Works; Hope in the City; the Alabama Interfaith Alliance; the Religion, Spirituality and Health Working Group at UAB; Birmingham Public Library Brown Bag Series; Birmingham International Center; and Arab Woman Today in Amman, Jordan. In 2008 she was a contributor to the documentary Good Will for the Common Good: Nurturing Baptists’ Relationships with Jews.

In 2013 she co-produced Brother Joseph & The Grotto, a feature-length documentary about the life of Benedictine monk Joseph Zoettl.

Her current research interests include the history of spirituality; the history of technology, culture, and pedagogy; the socio-political history of botany; and war and gender in 20th-century American films. She and her family live in Homewood.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., History, Auburn University
  • M.A., History, Auburn University
  • Post-Graduate Studies, Modern History, University of St. Andrews
  • B. A., History, University of Alabama-Huntsville


  • History of American Religion
  • History of Christianity
  • History of Missions
  • Women’s History
  • U. S. South
  • History of Technology and Culture
  • Film History
  • WWI and WWII
  • Gender and Culture

Awards and Honors

  • David M. Stowe Fund for Mission Research Fellowship
  • North American Missiology Project Research Forum


  • “Living in the Lives of Men.”Social Sciences & Missions 25.1 special edition ”Bridging Cultures: China and Missions” (2012)
  • “Missionary Returns and Cultural Conversions in Alabama and Shandong” in North American Foreign Missions, 1810-1914: Theology, Theory, and Policy, ed. Wilbert Shenk (Wm. B. Eerdman’s, 2004), 243-260.
  • “85th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.” Op-ed.The Birmingham News, August 26, 2005.
  • “Women in Baptist Life” serial articles., 2000-2002.
  • Review, Stepping Out of the Shadows: Alabama Women, 1819-1990. The Alabama Review, October 1998.
  • “The American Christmas: A Cultural Triumph of Protestant Christianity.”The Indian Journal of American Studies (Hyderabad, India), Vol 24 (1994). 


  • History of Christianity
  • History of American Religion
  • History of Sex and Gender
  • Women's Technology and Culture
  • American Film History
  • WWI and WWII Society