Associate Professor; Director of Honors Program
506 Hamilton Hall


BA Yale University, 2003
PhD Yale University, 2011

Research Interests

Molly Worthen’s research focuses on North American religious and intellectual history, particularly the ideas and culture of conservative Christianity. 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 is also a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and has written about religion and politics for the New Yorker, Slate, the American Prospect, Foreign Policy, and other publications.

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

    Senior Honors Thesis Students

    Matthew McKnight (History)
    Elizabeth Chase (History)
    Eric Medlin (History)
    Tom Wolf (History)

    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