Brett Chan McInelly

Professor, English

4102 JFSB


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Teaching Experience

At BYU I am blessed with exceptional students, generous resources, and the invitation to teach my subject in the light of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.


I research British literature and culture of the Long Eighteenth Century with a particular focus on the Methodist revival and the literature written in response to the revival.

Selected Publications

  • Textual Warfare and the Making of Methodism (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • New Approaches to Religion and the Enlightenment (co-edited with Paul Kerry, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2018)
  • “A New World, a New Approach to Answering His Critics: George Whitefield in the American Colonies, 1740-45″ (Wesley and Methodist Studies 2018)
  • “Whitefield and his Critics” in George Whitefield: Life, Context, and Legacy (Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • “Raising the Roof: Hymn Singing, the Anti-Methodist Response, and Early Methodist Religiosity” (Eighteenth-Century Life, 2012)
  • “Dating the Devil: Daniel Defoe’s Roxana and The Political History of the Devil” (co-authored with David Paxman, Christianity and Literature, 2004)
  • “Expanding Empires, Expanding Selves: Colonialism, the Novel, and Robinson Crusoe” (Studies in the Novel, 2003)


I received the department’s citizenship award in 2012 while serving as the coordinator of English Composition and overseeing the transition to University Writing.

Citizenship assignments

  • Associate Chair in the English Department
  • Coordinator of University Writing
  • Faculty General Education Council
  • Facilitator for the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education (CITES)

Office Hours
TTh 3:00 - 4:00