"For many years my research has focused on the Christian right. After writing a book on the Christian right and the Republican party, I shifted my focus to the Christian right's global activism. I am currently beginning a very different project: a study of how Midwestern cities are responding to the social and economic challenges posed by globalization."
Years at Knox: 1995 to present
Ph.D., Political Science, 1992, University of California-Berkeley.
M.A., Political Science, 1984, University of California-Berkeley.
B.A., Political Science, 1982, Reed College.
Social movements, religion and politics, urban politics, globalization, democratic theory.
"The Shifting Transnationalism of the Christian right," forthcoming in the book New Perspectives on the Transnational Right.
"The Evangelical Roots of American Unilateralism." Foreign Policy in Focus, 2004.
Book review of Suburban Warriors. Journal of Politics, 2002.
Book review of The Christian Coalition: Dreams of Restoration, Demands for Recognition. ECPR: Standing Group on Extremism and Democracy Newsletter, 2000.
Book review of Redeeming the Dial. Church and State, 1999.
The Right and the Righteous: The Christian Right Confronts the Republican Party. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 1996.
"The Shifting Transnationalisms of the Christian right." Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, 2009.
"The Evangelical Roots of American Unilateralism." American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting, 2003.
"Making Sense of a World Transformed: The Christian right after 9/11." APSA Annual Meeting, 2002.
"Resisting the New World Order: The Emerging Foreign Policy Agenda of the Christian Right. APSA Annual Meeting, 1999.
Discussant, "Recent Research on the Christian Right," American Political Science Association.
Discussant, "Community, Mobilization and Resistance," American Political Science Association.
Campus & Community Involvement
Visiting Scholar, Institute of Governmental Studies, U.C. Berkeley.
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Grant
Chair, American Political Science Association's Wildavsky award committee (To select the best dissertation on religion and politics.)
Member, Galesburg Coalition for Equal Rights.
Member, Galesburg Coalition for Peace and Justice.
Panelist at Knox Forums discussing 9/11 (Fall 2001) and the invasion of Iraq (2003).
Guest, Radio Station KBOO, Portland, Oregon.
Guest, Radio Station WBUR, Boston, on "The Connection."
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder was selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."
Rana Tahir, a double major in creative writing and political science, wrote dozens of poems and created 29 paintings after interviewing Kuwaiti residents about the 1990 Iraqi occupation.
Knox College awarded more than $3,000 in prizes in the 2013 Al Young Art Show. Organizing 200 art works in an array of media is a challenge, according student Katie O'Connor, who helped arrange the entries.