Popular Speaking Topics
Jesus and John Wayne: Evangelical Masculinity, Militarism, and the Rise of Trump
The long history of evangelical masculinity is key to understanding evangelical politics, and the white evangelical support for Trump.
Welcoming the Stranger or Securing our Borders: Understanding White Evangelical Views on Immigration
Despite biblical commands to welcome the stranger, white evangelicals hold more negative views of immigrants and immigration reform than any other religious demographic. This talk explores why.
Kool-Aid, Slytherin, and the 81%: Defining Evangelicalism, and What’s at Stake
Who counts as an “evangelical,” and why does this matter? Looking at popular culture, this talk gives a lay of the land and offers a new interpretive framework that can help us understand American evangelicals and their support for Donald Trump.
Purity, Patriarchy, and the First Wave of Christian Anti-Trafficking Activism
Over a century ago Christian women led the crusade against the trafficking of women and children. This talk examines the work of Kate Bushnell, an intrepid reformer whose activism ultimately led her to pen one of the most comprehensive feminist theologies of the twentieth century.
Hillary Clinton and the Polarization of American Christianity
How Hillary Clinton’s Methodist faith and the larger narrative of American religious history are key to understanding Clinton’s politics, and her political fate.