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First Name
Carmen
Last Name
Celestini
Affiliation
University of Waterloo
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Keywords
Christianity, Apocalyptic thought, Conspiracy Theories, American Politics, Women, Christian Right, History
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About Me

My research is predominately in the field religion and social theory, specifically in the field of improvisational conspiracy, the overlapping belief systems of apocalyptic Christian thought and conspiracy theories, and the impact of these beliefs on the American political system. In my doctoral work, my focus has been on the John Birch Society of the 1950s and 1960s and how their form of improvisational conspiracism is linked to contemporary right-wing mobilization. I also have an interest in religion and pop culture, specifically within subversive or marginalized religious movements.

Recent Publications

Regular contributor to Religion Dispatches a University of Southern California secular, independent online magazine that stands at the intersection of religion, politics, and culture.

[1] Chapter: Cage Fighting For Jesus – The Neo-Muscular Christianity Movement in Mixed Mar- tial Arts, God and Popular Culture: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Entertainment Industry’s Most Influential Figure Editors: Dr. Stephen Murray, Dr. Aimee Upjohn Light Publisher: ABC Clio (Imprint: Praeger) Published: August 2015

[2] Chapter: Fighting ”the System”: The Christian Identity Movement and the Turner Diaries, Understanding Angry Groups: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Their Motivations and Effects on Society Editors: Dr. Susan C. Cloninger , Dr. Steven A. Leibo Publisher: ABC Clio (Imprint: Praeger) Published: January, 2017

[3] Submitted Chapter: Federal Election Commission v. Christian Action Network, Money in American Politics: An Encyclopedia Editor: Dr. David A. Schultz Publisher: ABC Clio (Im- print: Praeger) Publication Date: June, 2018

[4] Submitted Chapter: National Rifle Association, Money in American Politics: An Encyclopedia Editor: Dr. David A. Schultz Publisher: ABC Clio (Imprint: Praeger) Publication Date: June, 2018

[5] Submitted Chapter: Billy Graham, Religion and Contemporary Politics: A Global Encyclopedia Editor: Dr. Jeffrey Shaw Publisher: ABC Clio (Imprint: Praeger) Publication Date: June, 2019

[6] Submitted Chapter: Religious Political Alliances, Religion and Contemporary Politics: A Global Encyclopedia Editor: Dr. Jeffrey Shaw Publisher: ABC Clio (Imprint: Praeger) Publication Date: June, 2019

[7] “Trump, God, Conspiracy and the End Times” Ecumenist a Journal of Theology, Culture, and Society Editor: Dr. David Seljak Publication: Winter, January, 2017

[8] Submitted Chapter: Freemasonry & Anti-Masonic Party Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theo- ries in American History Editor: Dr. Jeffrey Webb Publisher: ABC Clio (Imprint: Praeger) Publication Date: April, 2019

[9] Submitted Chapter: Skull and Bones Society Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories in American History Editor: Dr. Jeffrey Webb Publisher: ABC Clio (Imprint: Praeger) Publication Date: April, 2019

[10] Submitted Chapter: Televangelists Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories in American History Editor: Dr. Jeffrey Webb Publisher: ABC Clio (Imprint: Praeger) Publication Date: April, 2019

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
North America
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Gender, Politics, Religion, Women