Historian / Writer / Speaker
Professor of History, Calvin University
Kristin Kobes Du Mez is a professor of History and Gender Studies at Calvin University. She holds a PhD from the University of Notre Dame and her research focuses on the intersection of gender, religion, and politics. She has written for the Washington Post, Religion News Service, Christianity Today, Christian Century, and Religion & Politics, and has been interviewed on NPR, CTV, the CBC, and by CNN, the New York Times, the Economist, the Christian Post, PBS News Hour, and the AP, among other outlets, and she blogs at Patheos’s Anxious Bench.
Her most recent book, Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation, releases June 2020.
“A stunning exploration of the relationship between modern evangelicalism, militarism, and American masculinity.” Katherine Stewart
“. . . A scholarly work of history, but it is so well written that it promises to be popular with a wide audience. Highly recommended, especially at this critical moment in religious, cultural, and political history.” Brian D. McLaren
“This deeply perceptive book establishes Kristin Kobes Du Mez as the Christian critic of this crisis moment. . . . Required reading.” Kathryn Lofton
“. . . A searing and sobering book, one that should be read by anyone who wants to grasp our political moment and the religious movement that helped get us here.” Darren Dochuk
“Those who legitimately ask “How can evangelicals support Donald Trump?” need to read this book to understand why. An extraordinary work.” Rev. Richard Cizik
“[A] fascinating study of the rise of militant masculinity among Evangelicals . . . Sure to be controversial, the author’s closely reasoned argument is thoughtful and provoking.” Booklist
“[An] engaging history of the shifting ideal of Christian masculinity. . . . This lucid, potent history adds a much needed religious dimension to understanding the current American right and the rise of Trump.” Publishers Weekly
“[A] fascinating and fervent book….a provocative, but insightful and detailed look at the culture and impact of evangelical Christianity today, where The Duke and The Messiah are riding saddle-by-saddle toward some sort of glory.” Houston Press
“[An] urgent, sharp-elbowed survey of the last half-century of white American evangelicalism. . . .” Shelf Awareness
“Jesus and John Wayne is a book that America needs now.” The Boston Globe
“[A] smart, deftly argued book. . . . clearly explicates the way the “evangelical cult of masculinity” has played out over decades.” The National Book Review