Kristin Kobes
Du Mez, Ph.D.

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 is Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation.

“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

“brilliant and engaging. . .” The New Republic

“[A] smart, deftly argued book. . . . clearly explicates the way the ‘evangelical cult of masculinity’ has played out over decades.” The National Book Review

“Paradigm-influencing. . . A very readable page-turner.” Scot McKnight, Christianity Today

“Interesting . . . I hear people say all the time that Trump’s election was a tragedy for evangelicals, but after reading [this] book, I wonder if it isn’t their greatest victory.” Sean Illing, Vox

“A much needed and painstakingly accurate chronicle of exactly ‘where many evangelicals are,’ and the long road that got them there.” Tom Cox, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“[An] absolute must-read, a stunning work, and one that deserves serious attention and further conversation.” Joel Wentz, Englewood Review of Books

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If You Want to Understand White Evangelicals, Tour a Hobby Lobby Store

The Daily Beast. Opinions. June 21, 2020. Screencapture of Daily Beast. Images/Kristin Kobes Du Mez Excerpt: Scenes of President Donald Trump proclaiming himself the “president of law and order,” urging the deployment of the military to “dominate the streets,” and then…
In the MediaInterviews & Podcasts

Interview:, “لماذا يدعم الإنجيليون ترامب؟.. مؤرخة أميركية تجيب عن,” by Mohammed Al-Manshawi

Translation: "Why do evangelicals support Trump? U.S. Historian Answers Al Jazeera Net Questions." Published September 25, 2020.لماذا-يدعم-الإنجيليون-الأميركيون?fbclid=IwAR0hODL-qGgyz6QAcjL9-xAxALT-I7aLNg9Jde7HawrucVFpeEVcLihhkCA
Kristin Kobes Du Mez
September 25, 2020
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Interview: Powers & Principalities, “Jesus and John Wyane with Kristin Kobes DuMez,” by Blake Chastain

Interview. "Jesus and John Wyane with Kristin Kobes DuMez." Blake Chastain. Powers and Principalities. Podcast. August 31, 2020. "If you've spent time in white evangelical circles, much of this will ring true; if you wonder why evangelicals are drawn…
Kristin Kobes Du Mez
August 31, 2020
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Interview, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, “Jesus, Donald Trump and John Wayne,” by Andrew West

Presenter: Andrew WestProducer: Muditha DiasSound Engineer: Emrys CroninEditor: Joe Gelonesi Interview by Andrew West, "Jesus, Donald Trump and John Wayne." The Religion and Ethics Report. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation. August 26, 2020. Subscribe to The Religion and Ethics Report on iTunes, ABC Radio or your favourite podcasting app.Duration: 27min…
Kristin Kobes Du Mez
August 26, 2020