Steven Phipps holds a Ph.D. in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He is currently teaching at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. He has also taught at Washington University in St. Louis, Maryville University in St. Louis, and Indiana University-Purdue University at Ft. Wayne.
His academic research interests have tended to focus on historical aspects of the media. His published research has appeared in various academic journals in the field of media studies, and he has appeared on television as a media historian in the History Detectives series on PBS. In addition, he has made extensive study of the history of Christian revival movements, and has collected many thousands of research materials in that area.