Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Calles Barger
Independent scholar
Website URL
The Americas, intellectual history, cultural history, history of women, gender, feminism, religion, social justice, liberation theologies, social movements, Simone de Beauvoir.
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About Me

Lilian Calles Barger is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina and immigrated with her parents at the age of eight. She holds a Ph.D. in Humanities/History of Ideas from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her areas of expertise include religion/theology, cultural, intellectual, and women and gender history in the Americas. After a career in business, she founded the Damaris Project, a ten-year initiative to provide culture and faith resources for women to start small group conversations in their communities. She speaks and writes for numerous scholarly venues and general audiences. Her interest includes the adaptation of religion to social change, feminism and the long-term “gender revolution” currently underway. She works as an independent scholar and is a regular podcast host for the New Books Network. Currently, she is researching and writing a long history of feminist thought and on Simone de Beauvoir’s reception in America.

Recent Publications

The World Come of Age: Religion, Intellectuals and the Challenge of Human Liberation, Oxford University Press, 2018.

“ ‘Pray to God, she will hear us’ Women Reimaging Religion and Politics in the 1970s,” in The Religious Left in Modern America: Doorkeepers of a Radical Faith edited by Douglas Rossinow, Leilah Danielson, and Marian Mollin. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. 

“What Came Before #MeToo: The ‘Himpathy’ that Shaped Misogyny” Yes! Magazine, Summer 2018. Print.

Author, “Backlash: From Nine To Five to The Devil Wears Prada.” Women’s Studies 40, no. 3 (April 2011): 336-350.

Chasing Sophia: Reclaiming the Lost Wisdom of Jesus. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2007.

Eve’s Revenge: Women and a Spirituality of the Body. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2003.


“A Review: 1968 ‘Year of Wonder and Miracle’’’

“Manifesto Redux: Reflection on Mary Beard’s Women and Power: A Manifesto

“Why is Misogyny Still a Thing?” Review of Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny

“Without a Vision, the People Perish”

“Hippie Chicks: A Different Feminism”

Media Coverage
Recent, Historical Speaking Podcast and Christian Century, prior experience on podcasts, radio and television.
Country Focus
USA/Latin America Culture
Expertise by Geography
Latin America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Race, Religion, Women