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Associate Professor
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BA Yale University, 2003
PhD Yale University, 2011

Research Interests

Molly Worthen’s research focuses on North American religious and intellectual history. Her most recent book examines American evangelical intellectual life since 1945. Worthen teaches courses in global Christianity, North American religious and intellectual culture, and the history of politics and ideology. In 2017 she received the Manekin Family Award for Teaching Excellence in Honors Carolina. She writes regularly about religion, politics and higher education for the New York Times and has also contributed to Politico, the New Yorker, Slate, the American Prospect, Foreign Policy, and other publications. She has also created courses for Audible and the Teaching Company on the history of charismatic leadership as well as the history of global Christianity since the Reformation. Worthen is currently working on a book about the history of charisma in America since 1600.

Some Notable Publications

  • Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism (Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • The Man On Whom Nothing Was Lost: The Grand Strategy of Charles Hill (Houghton Mifflin, 2006)
  • “The Chalcedon Problem: Rousas John Rushdoony and the Origins of Christian Reconstructionism” Church History 77 No. 2 (June 2008)
  • New York Times Articles

Graduate Students

Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

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  • HIST 121—History of Religion in North America
  • HIST 249—World Christianity since 1450
  • HIST 359—Global Evangelicalism since 1600
  • HIST 360—Modern American Intellectual History
  • HIST 398—Sin and Evil in Modern America
  • HIST 728—Introductory Colloquium in United States History since 1900
  • HIST 905—Dissertation Design
  • Problems in American Religious History