Public Scholarship

Best Practices and Potential Pitfalls

Come hear from scholars skilled at driving conversation in the media. Learn best practices for promoting religious scholarship as an effective way to enhance knowledge for and with the publics and communities. You will not want to miss this conversation with public scholars Liz Bucar, Anthea Butler, Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Simran Jeet Singh, and Susan Thistlethwaite. 

Webinar Presenters

Liz Bucar | Professor of Religion and Dean’s Leadership Fellow at Northeastern University. She directs Sacred Writes, a Henry Luce Foundation funded project that provides support, resources, and networks for scholars of religion committed to translating the significance of their research to a broader audience. Bucar’s public scholarship includes bylines in The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, and Teen Vogue.

Anthea Butler | Anthea Butler is Chair of Religious Studies and Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  

Her new book is  White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America,  out on Ferris and Ferris, a division of UNC Press. Professor Butler is currently an op-ed contributor to MSNBC , and will have a chapter in the forthcoming 1619 project book. she is also the President elect for the American Society of Church History. 

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. | The James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University.  He is the former president of the American Academy of Religion, the largest professional organization of scholars of religion in the world.  Glaude is the author of several important books including Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, which has been described as “one of the most imaginative, daring books of the twenty-first century.”  His most recent book, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, was released on June 30, 2020.  Imani Perry describes the book as “precisely the witness we need for our treacherous times.   He is a columnist for Time Magazine and an MSNBC contributor on programs like "Morning Joe," and "Deadline: Whitehouse" with Nicolle Wallace. He also regularly appears on "Meet the Press" on Sundays.

He hails from Moss Point, Mississippi, a small town on the Gulf Coast, and is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.  

Simran Jeet Singh | Recognized among TIME Magazine’s 16 people fighting for a more equal America, Simran Jeet Singh is Senior Adviser for Equity and Inclusion at YSC Consulting and a Visiting Professor at Union Seminary. He is a 2020 Equality Fellow with the Open Society Foundations and a Senior Fellow for the Sikh Coalition. Simran holds a PhD, MPhil, and MA from Columbia University, an MTS from Harvard University, and a BA from Trinity University. This past year, Simran released the best-selling children's book from Penguin Random House (Kokila), Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon. He is currently completing an adult non-fiction book for Penguin Random House (Riverhead) entitled More of This Please: Sikh Wisdom for the Soul

Susan Thistlethwaite | The President Emerita and Professor Emerita of Chicago Theological Seminary. She has a Ph.D. from Duke University, a Masters of Divinity (Summa Cum Laude) from Duke Divinity School and a B.A. from Smith College.  

An ordained minister of the United Church of Christ since 1974, she is the author or editor of thirteen academic books, including two different translations of the Bible. 
Upon her retirement from CTS she became a fiction writer, publishing three mystery novels and a fourth is in production. She has described these fiction books as “theology as performance art,” that is, a way to show feminist theology in action.  

Thistlethwaite is also well-known media commentator and has written numerous columns  for The Washington Post and The Huffington Post as well as The Chicago Tribune. She now writes for her local paper and Religion News Service.

Reading Religion

From Reading Religion, AAR's book review website. 


Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Review Coming Soon

White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America, by Anthea Butler