About Dr. Anthea Butler

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Anthea Butler is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She currently serves as the Chair of the Council of Graduate Studies in Religion, and in 2005 was the President for the Society of Pentecostal Studies. She is the author of and Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making A Sanctified World on The University of North Carolina Press.

Professor Butler’s career as a scholar, public intellectual, and professor embraces academy, the public and the church in various forms. From starting her public writing as a blogger for Religion Dispatches, she now writes opinion pieces on contemporary politics, religion, and race at The Guardian, Washington Post, and the New York Times. She has also been a media commentator on religion politics and race on the BBC, MSNBC, CNN, and ABC. She has also served as a consultant to the PBS series God in America and the American Experience on Aimee Semple McPherson.

A historian of American and African American religion, Professor Butler’s research and writing spans religion and politics, religion and gender, African American religion, sexuality, media, religion, and popular culture. She is currently completing a book on Evangelicals, Politics, and Race, and is starting work on a project on reading, race and religion in the 19th Century.

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