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. Her most recent book, Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation, will be published with W. W. Norton’s Liveright Publishing in May 2020. 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. She blogs at Patheos’s Anxious Bench.

Speaking Topics

Jesus and John Wayne

An exploration of white evangelical popular culture and politics over the past half century. Celebrating mythical cowboys, soldiers, and warriors, from John Wayne to Mel Gibson’s William Wallace, conservative evangelicals have promoted a militant Christian masculinity that has transformed both faith and nation. By understanding evangelicalism as a consumer culture, we can trace a path from Billy Graham to James Dobson, Mark Driscoll, Eric Metaxas, and the Duck Dynasty clan–and, ultimately to Donald Trump.

Purity and Patriarchy

An examination of evangelical purity culture in light of the nineteenth-century “social purity” movement. This talk explores the history of Christian feminism and a historical sexual double standard as a way of critiquing the patriarchal underpinnings of contemporary purity culture.