Category Archives: Politics

Meaning Making – A Conversation with Emily Esfahani Smith

Emily Esfahani Smith is a columnist for The New Criterion and an editor at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Time, and The Atlantic, among other publications. In her recent book, The Power … Continue reading

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Over the Empathy Wall – A Conversation with Arlie Hochschild

Arlie Russell Hochschild is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. For five years she traveled in the bayous of southern Louisiana, interacting with Tea Party conservatives and trying to understand their thinking about life, hope, faith, … Continue reading

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Conservative Media – A Conversation with Nicole Hemmer

Nicole Hemmer is Assistant Professor of Presidential Studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, a contributing editor at U.S. News & World Report, and co-host of the Past Present Podcast. Her book, Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and … Continue reading

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Swords Into Plowshares – A Conversation with Kristen Tobey

Kristen Tobey is Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at John Carroll University. Her book, Plowshares: Protest, Performance, and Religious Identity in the Nuclear Age, examines the methods of Plowshares activists, a small group of Catholic radicals known … Continue reading

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Great Redemption – A Conversation with Alison Collis Greene

Alison Collis Greene is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Mississippi State University. Her book, No Depression in Heaven: the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the Transformation of Religion in the Delta, was published in December by … Continue reading

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Before Roe v. Wade – A Conversation with Daniel K. Williams

Daniel K. Williams is Associate Professor of History at the University of West Georgia. His book, Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement Before Roe v. Wade, was published in January by Oxford University Press. It charts the ideologically complex … Continue reading

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Rally ‘Round the Family – A Conversation with Seth Dowland

Seth Dowland is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Pacific Lutheran University. His book, Family Values and the Rise of the Christian Right, charts the influence of Christian “family values” advocacy across three decades and a variety of … Continue reading

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In and Of the World

From the Journal of Communication and Religion, a critique of pop evangelicalism in four book reviews.

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Divided on the Right – A Conversation with Neil J. Young

Neil J. Young is a historian and co-host of the Past Present Podcast. His book, We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics was published last month by Oxford University Press. In it, Young argues that, despite … Continue reading

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Religious Left – A Conversation with Brantley W. Gasaway

Brantley W. Gasaway is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Bucknell University. His book, Progressive Evangelicals and the Pursuit of Social Justice, was published last fall by University of North Carolina Press. In it, Gasaway situates Progressive Evangelicalism primarily within … Continue reading

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Organized Religion – A Conversation with Heath W. Carter

Heath W. Carter is Assistant Professor of History at Valparaiso University. His book, Union Made: Working People and the Rise of Social Christianity in Chicago, was published this month by Oxford University Press. In it, Carter credits the working people … Continue reading

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Superchurch – A Conversation with Jonathan J. Edwards

Jonathan J. Edwards is Instructor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of South Carolina. His book,  Superchurch: The Rhetoric and Politics of American Fundamentalism, was published in April by Michigan State University Press. In it, … Continue reading

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The Fate of Freedom – A Conversation with Steven D. Smith

Steven D. Smith is the Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego. His most recent book, The Rise and Decline of American Religious Freedom, advocates a return to what he calls “the American settlement”— an arrangement … Continue reading

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Creating Conservatism – A Conversation with Michael J. Lee

Michael J. Lee is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the College of Charleston. His book, Creating Conservatism: Postwar Words that Made an American Movement, was published this summer by Michigan State University Press. In it, he traces … Continue reading

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Defining the Marital Union – A Conversation with Leslie J. Harris

Leslie J. Harris is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Her book, State of the Marital Union: Rhetoric, Identity, and Nineteenth-Century Marriage Controversies, analyzes the rhetoric surrounding five marital issues from the 1800s: domestic violence, divorce, polygamy, … Continue reading

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