Hi, I’m Chris.
In 2012, I graduated from Stanford University with a Ph.D. in Modern Russian History and Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities. In addition to being a scholar, I’m a freelance writer, public speaker, and commentator on religion and politics, the US Christian Right, Russia, and foreign policy. I’m currently a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of South Florida, where I teach an upper-level 19th-century Europe survey in the History Department and an interdisciplinary Russian Studies course in the Honors College. I’m also a Senior Researcher with the Postsecular Conflicts project directed by Kristina Stöckl at the University of Innsbruck, and Policy Researcher for The Resistance Party.
I am an ex-Evangelical seeking to foster community for those harmed by and alienated from conservative religious communities, and as my blog here shapes up, much of it will be dedicated to this end. I am convinced of the need to create more spaces for ex-Evangelicals and exiles from other forms of religious fundamentalism (and yes, the majority of white American Evangelical Protestants do qualify as fundamentalist, whether they accept the label or not). Reclaiming and sharing our ex-Evangelical stories will serve both to foster healing and to raise awareness of the threat to human rights posed by theocratic views, and of the real human harm caused all too often by conservative Evangelicalism.
My scholarly research is concerned with the historical and social significance of religious ideas and ideology, that is, with what traditionalist religious thinking does in the world. I have specifically addressed the role of the religious intelligentsia in late Imperial Russian civil society; Russian religious and philosophical responses to war and revolution; the influence of Russian Christian intellectuals in exile and emigration on European and American intellectuals and social actors, particularly with respect to the historical development of anti-Communism; and the Russian origins of postsecularism. I showcase some of my professional policy and academic writing in the portfolio section of this site. You can see more on academia.edu.
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