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Last Name
Washington University in St. Louis
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U.S. religious history, religion and sexuality, religion and politics, evangelicals, religious left, gender, women and religion, 20th-century and 21st-century religious conflicts
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Also reachable via and 314-935-9345

Personal Info

About Me

I am a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, where I serve as the John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities. I am the director of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, and the editor of the Center’s journal, Religion & Politics. My research focuses on current issues pertaining to religion and politics, including the changing profile of American evangelicals and ongoing conflicts over gender, sexuality, and marriage. I am the author or editor of six books, including God’s Daughters: Evangelical Women and the Power of Submission, Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity, and the newly released Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics, which has been widely reviewed in the mainstream press and featured in a range of media outlets, including Fresh Air with Terry Gross and The New Republic.




Recent Publications

Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics (Basic Books 2017).

“Southern Baptists, Gender Hierarchy, and the Road to Trump,” Religion & Politics July 10, 2018.

“How Politics Might Sour the #MeToo Movement,” Politico Dec. 19, 2017.

“Is Trump ‘Morally Unfit’ to be President?” The Washington Post April 20, 2018.


Media Coverage
Includes The Atlantic (11/17/2017), Religion News Service (12/14/2017), The New York Times (Renkl op-ed 12/24/2017), Wall Street Journal (12/27/2017), The Washington Post (1/26/2018), The New Republic (4/5/2018), the New York Review of Books (5/24/2018),
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Politics, Religion, Sexuality, Women