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Trinity University
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U.S. foreign relations, human rights, religion, politics, modern America, evangelicalism, evangelicals, U.S.-Latin American relations, Cold War, genocide, NGOs, museums, public history
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About Me

Lauren Turek is an assistant professor of history at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, where she teaches courses on modern United States history, U.S. foreign relations, and public history. She earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia. Her research centers on transnational religious networks and the influence of non-state religious actors on international politics, U.S. foreign policy, and domestic political culture. Turek’s articles on religion in American politics and foreign policy have appeared in Diplomatic History, the Journal of American Studies, and Religions, and her first book, To Bring the Good News to All Nations: Evangelicals, Human Rights, and U.S. Foreign Relations, came out with Cornell University Press in 2020. She has received grant and fellowship support for her research from the Institute for Political History, the American Historical Association, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, among others.

Recent Publications
Book Manuscript

To Bring the Good News to All Nations: Evangelicals, Human Rights, and U.S. Foreign Relations (NY: Cornell University Press, 2020).

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

“Ambassadors for the Kingdom of God or for America? Christian Nationalism, the Christian Right, and the Contra War,” Religions 7, no. 12 (December 2016): 151 (1-16).

“To Support a ‘Brother in Christ’: Evangelical Groups and U.S.-Guatemalan Relations during the Ríos Montt Regime,”Diplomatic History 39, no. 4 (September 2015): 689-719.

“Religious Rhetoric and the Evolution of George W. Bush’s Political Philosophy,” Journal of American Studies 48, no. 4 (November 2014): 975-998.

Book Chapters

“Between Values and Action: Religious Rhetoric, Human Rights, and Reagan’s Foreign Policy,” in William Inboden, Jonathan Hunt, and Simon Miles, eds. Reagan’s World: The Cold War and Beyond (under contract with Cornell University Press).

“Religious History Objects in Museums,” in Gretchen Buggeln, Crispin Paine, and S. Brent Plate, eds. Religion in Museums: Today and Tomorrow (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017).


An Outpouring of the Spirit: A Historiography of Recent works on Religion and U.S. Foreign Relations,” Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review 48, no. 2 (September 2017): 25-31.

Building a Brighter Future,” Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review 46, no. 2 (September 2015): 28-29 (with Amanda Demmer).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
Central America, North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
American Presidents, Diplomacy, Genocide, Human Rights, Material Culture, Museums, Politics, Public History, Religion