Julia Adams's picture Julia Adams
Professor, Sociology and International & Area Studies

Julia Adams teaches and conducts research in the areas of state development; gender and family; social theory and knowledge; early modern European politics, and colonialism and empire. She is currently studying (1) large-scale forms of patriarchal politics; (2) the historical sociology of agency relations, and (3) gender and Wikipedia.

Bryan Garsten's picture Bryan Garsten
Professor of Political Science and Humanities
115 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203-436-3696

Bryan Garsten writes about the history of political thought and contemporary political theory, with a special interest in the themes of persuasion and rhetoric, political representation and judgment, and religion. His first book, Saving Persuasion: a defense of rhetoric and judgment (Harvard 2006), earned the Thomas J. Wilson Prize from Harvard University Press for the best manuscript in any field submitted by a first-time author. During the current academic year Garsten will teach courses on democratic rhetoric, representation, and the history of modern political thought.

Bruce Gordon's picture Bruce Gordon
Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History

Bruce Gordon’s research focuses on European religious cultures of the late-medieval and early modern periods, with a particular interest in the Reformation in German-speaking lands. He is the author of Calvin (Yale University Press, 2009), a biography that seeks to put the life of the influential reformer in the context of the sixteenth-century world. It is a study of Calvin’s character, his extensive network of personal contacts and of the complexities of church reform and theological exchange in the Reformation.

Philip Gorski's picture Philip Gorski
Professor of Sociology;
Director of the Center for Comparative Research
493 College St, New Haven, CT 06511-8907
Phone: 203-432-3730

Phillip Gorski is a comparative-historical sociologist with strong interests in theory and methods and in modern and early modern Europe. His empirical work focuses on topics such as state-formation, nationalism, revolution, economic development and secularization with particular attention to the interaction of religion and politics. Other current interests include the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences and the nature and role of rationality in social life.

John Hartley's picture John Hartley
Fellow, Center for Comparative Research
493 College St, New Haven, CT 06511-8907

John Hartley is convener of this initiative. He is a relational and comparative sociologist whose research focuses on the interaction between religious belief and socio-political struggle. His empirical work examines topics such as diplomacy, policy advocacy, conflict resolution, culture change, revolutions and transnational social movements with particular emphasis on Iran and Muslim-Christian relations.

Sigrun Kahl's picture Sigrun Kahl
Asst Prof Political Science and Sociology
115 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203-432-0280
Sigrun Kahl studies how long-term comparative historical factors such as religion shape current policies and institutions for addressing, among other things, poverty, unemployment, education, and abortion. Among courses she teaches are Welfare States Across Nations, Religion and Politics, and Historical and Archival Methods. She is co-director of the MacMillan Center Initiative on Religion, Politics, and Society and co-runs the Yale Political Science Department’s Comparative Politics Workshop.
Kathryn Lofton's picture Kathryn Lofton
Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, History and Divinity; Chair, Religious Studies

Kathryn Lofton is a historian of religion who has written extensively about capitalism, celebrity, sexuality, and the concept of the secular. In her work, she has examined the ways the history of religion collides with, and is constituted by, the history of corporations, popular culture, race, and gender in the United States. Her first book, Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon (2011) used the example of Oprah Winfrey’s multimedia productions to evaluate the material strategies of contemporary spirituality.

Steven Pincus's picture Steven Pincus
Bradford Durfee Professor of History; Co-Director, CHESS

Steven Pincus is the author of Protestantism and Patriotism: Ideologies and the Making of English Foreign Policy, 1650-1668 and England’s Glorious Revolution 1688-89 and most recently 1688:The First Modern Revolution.  He has also edited two collections of essays.   He has published numerous essays on the economic, cultural, political and intellectual history of early modern Britain, early modern Empires, and the early modern Atlantic. He has also published work on comparative revolutions and state formation.

Eliyahu Stern's picture Eliyahu Stern
Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Intellectual and Cultural History; Judaic Studies, Religious Studies and History

Elli Stern researches the transformation and development of traditional and religious worldviews in Western life and thought. In particular, he focuses on modern Eastern European Jewry, Zionism, secularism, and religious radicalism. His first book entitled The Genius: Elijah of Vilna and the Making of Modern Judaism was published by Yale University Press in 2012. Currently he is working on a book project on the emergence of Jewish nationalism and the secularization of Eastern European Jewry.

Tisa Wenger's picture Tisa Wenger
Associate Professor of American Religious History

Professor Wenger’s research and teaching interests include the history of Christianity in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States (especially the American West), the cultural history of the categories of religion and secularism, the politics of religious freedom, and the intersections of race and religion in American history.

Jonathan Wyrtzen's picture Jonathan Wyrtzen
Associate Professor of Sociology, History and International Affairs

Jonathan Wyrtzen’s teaching and research engages a set of related thematic areas that include empire and colonialism, state formation and non-state forms of political organization, ethnicity and nationalism, and religion and socio-political action.  His work focuses on society and politics in North Africa and the Middle East, particularly with regards to interactions catalyzed by the expansion of European empires into this region.

Junior Fellows
Catherine Stilwell Arnold's picture Catherine Stilwell Arnold

Catherine Stilwell Arnold is a doctoral candidate in early modern history at Yale University. Her dissertation, “Affairs of Humanity: Sovereignty, Sentiment, and the Origins of Humanitarian Diplomacy in Britain and Europe,” examines Britain’s diplomacy to protect refugees and prisoners from across Europe during the first half of the eighteenth century.

Roger Baumann's picture Roger Baumann

Roger Baumann is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Yale University. He is originally from Ontario, Canada and has a background in Religious Studies. He earned his BA in religion from the University of Waterloo and a Masters in religion from Harvard University. Roger studies intersections of race, religion, and politics and is working on the topic of African American Christian engagement with the issue of Israel and Palestine. His dissertation project is a comparative study combining ethnographic fieldwork, formal interviewing, and comparative historical methods.

Elisabeth Becker's picture Elisabeth Becker

Elisabeth Becker is a PhD candidate in Sociology. She studies how European Muslim communities respond to stigma through ethnographic research in mosques. Her interests center on how these communities agentively orient themselves towards, or decide to separate from, mainstream society, by privileging and purifying their Muslim identity. Her broader interests lie in culture, religion, ethnicity and race. Elisabeth has previously written on Albanians in New York City and their strategic self-presentation as Italians.

Kelsey Champagne's picture Kelsey Champagne

Kelsey Champagne is a second year in the History and Renaissance Studies departments. As an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins, she studied English and French literature, so her introduction into History was first based in literary and book history. However, she now focuses on Catholics in the British Empire in the 17th century. She is interested in how Catholics were communicating and circulating ideas, texts and people throughout not only the British Isles, but also the Continent and the North American and West Indian colonies. Currently she is studying how Catholics balanced their religious

Esther Chan's picture Esther Chan

Esther Chan is a graduate student in Sociology. Prior to coming to Yale, Esther worked on international projects exploring the relationship between religion and science at the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University. Her interests fall in the intersection of religion, science, and morality.

Margot Dazey's picture Margot Dazey
Graduate School Student

Margot is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Cambridge and a Fox Fellow at Yale University. Her research deals with minority group politics and explores the delicate combination of political recognition and religious community building within Islamic movements in France.

Jonathan Endelman's picture Jonathan Endelman

Jonathan Endelman is a sixth year PhD Candidate at Yale University in Sociology. His research focuses conceptually on alternative frameworks for political identity beyond the boundaries of the nation-state, the historiography of empires, the relationship between empires and successor nation-states that develop from them, and the cultural and political dimensions of citizenship.

Justin Hawkins's picture Justin Hawkins
Graduate School Student

Justin Hawkins is pursuing a combined PhD in Political Science and Religious Studies at Yale University. His research interests focus on theological interpretations of political theory texts, as well as right-wing re-enchantment movements, Christian theology, philosophy, and ethical theory. He has a BA in Government from Georgetown University (‘11) and an MAR in Philosophical Theology from Yale Divinity School (‘15).

Lucia Ruth Hulsether's picture Lucia Ruth Hulsether
Lucia Hulsether is a PhD candidate in the Department of Religious Studies and the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She specializes in critical theories of race, gender, and sexuality; the history of labor and capitalism; and theories of religion and modernity. Her dissertation investigates the cultural politics of the rise of “socially responsible capitalism” in the Americas.
Mie Inouye's picture Mie Inouye

Mie Inouye is a political theorist whose research interests include democratic theory, critical theory, qualitative research methods, inductive political theory, social movements, religion and politics and the organizing tradition in 20th- and 21st-century American politics. Her dissertation theorizes movement politics as a distinctive democratic tradition whose theory of democratic participation diverges from aggregative, deliberative and participatory democratic theories.

Samuel Loncar's picture Samuel Loncar

Samuel Loncar is a first year Philosophical Theology PhD student in Religious Studies. His research focuses on modern theology and philosophy, particularly in the post-Kantian tradition. Interested in the theological and philosophical foundations of modernity, his political concerns center on the philosophical coherence of modern institutions, like the secular state, and how or whether their perceived legitimacy is related to the decline of metaphysics in modernity.

William MacMillan's picture William MacMillan

William McMillan is a PhD candidate in Sociology. Broadly interested in the philosophy of social science and social theory, his research focuses on secularization and issues at the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. His dissertation is an extended case study of a conservative Protestant church in Manhattan that is recognized within evangelicalism as specialists in regards to starting churches in global cities around the world.

William McMillan
Graduate School Student

William McMillan is a PhD candidate in Sociology. Broadly interested in the philosophy of social science and social theory, his research focuses on secularization and issues at the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. His dissertation is an extended case study of a conservative Protestant church in Manhattan that specializes in starting churches in global cities around the world.

Cody Musselman's picture Cody Musselman

Cody Musselman is a second-year PhD candidate in Religious Studies, focusing on American Religious History. Before coming to Yale she received a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a Bachelor of Arts from Kalamazoo College. Her research focuses on the relationship between contemporary modalities of spirituality and neoliberal capitalism. Other research interests include questions about secularism, American religious material culture, and the intersection of religion and marketing. When time permits, she enjoys hiking, camping and rock climbing.

N’Kosi Oates's picture N’Kosi Oates

N’Kosi Oates is a graduate student in the Masters of Arts in Religion program at Yale Divinity School. His research interests include 20th century United States intellectual history, African American history since 1865, religion, and social movements. His master’s thesis traces the development of black existentialism within the Black Panther Party. He earned his BA with distinction in Political Science and Communications from the University of Delaware. Oates also serves as a Graduate Affiliate at Davenport College.

Hannah Peckham's picture Hannah Peckham

Hannah Peckham is pursuing an MA in Religion at Yale Divinity School, with a concentration in the history of Christianity. She earned an AB from Duke University, where she was a double major in History and Religion and received departmental honors in History for her thesis on the Jesus People movement. Her academic interests include postwar American evangelical culture, 1970s Christian hippies, and charter school educational policy.

Matt Shafer's picture Matt Shafer

Matt Shafer is a doctoral student in political theory (Department of Political Science), an MA student in history, and an affiliate of the program in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. His research examines methodological problems in contemporary critical theory and conceptual issues in the study of political violence and nonviolence. He holds a BA in philosophy from Yale and an MPhil in political thought and intellectual history from the University of Cambridge, where he wrote on the political theology of apartheid-era Quakers in South Africa.

Samuel Stabler's picture Samuel Stabler

Sam Stabler is a recent Yale Sociology PhD and adjunct-lecturer at Hunter College. He studies social conflict in morally diverse societies. His dissertation focused on understanding how such conflicts were shaped by the United State’s expansive colonial frontier. Empirically this means his work explores the religious and political uses of territory in the Puritan New England missionary context from colony founding (1630) through to the early national period (the early 19th century).

Alicia Steinmetz's picture Alicia Steinmetz

She is a PhD student in the Political Science Department at Yale, where she specializes in political theory and comparative politics. She is interested in the theological origins of modern social and political phenomena, including the dynamics of religious change, conservative movements, secularization, and the use of religion in public reason. She holds a BA in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College.

Anne Taylor's picture Anne Taylor

Anne Taylor is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at Yale University. She is a Junior Fellow at the Yale Center for Cultural Sociology, and a Junior Fellow of the Initiative on Religion, Politics and Society at the MacMillan Center. Her research blends cultural sociology and comparative-historical methods to study charisma, religion, and power, specifically interactions between charismatic Christian communities and political structures in society. Currently, is researching early modern Britain and the Puritan project in Massachusetts Bay colony in the 17th century.

Luke Wagner's picture Luke Wagner

Luke Wagner is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology. His research is about religious nationalism, and his dissertation is focused on contemporary Hindu nationalism in Nepal. He is broadly interested in the forms and formations of democratic cultures and the role of religion in state-formation and political transitions. He holds a BA in Political and Social Thought and an MA in Religious Studies, both from the University of Virginia.

Mustafa Yavas's picture Mustafa Yavas

Mustafa Yavas is interested in political sociology, particularly in the areas of class, religion, social movements, and social networks. His previous research has revolved around various forms and manifestations of social closures and cleavages, including income-based residential segregation, homophily in social networks, and collective identity formation processes.

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