- Associate Professor in the Humanities
- Umrath Hall 115
- (314) 935-5892
Darren Dochuk earned his BA from Simon Fraser University and MA from Queen’s University in Canada before completing his PhD at the University of Notre Dame. Between 2005 and 2012, he taught courses in twentieth century U.S. political and cultural history at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
In 2011, Dochuk published From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism (W.W. Norton), which tracks the emergence of evangelical politics from the margins of the Depression-era “Bible Belt” South into the mainstream of California’s “Sunbelt” society. It has garnered a number of awards, including The Society of American Historians’ Allan Nevins Prize, American Historical Association’s John H. Dunning book prize for outstanding historical writing on any subject in U.S. history, and The Organization of American Historians’ Ellis W. Hawley prize for best book in post-Civil War U.S. political history. It has been reviewed in The American Historical Review, Journal of American History, Church History, and numerous other academic journals, as well as in popular magazines such as The Nation, The New Republic, Christian Century, and Time.
Dochuk has also co-edited a collection of essays called Sunbelt Rising: The Politics of Space, Place, and Region (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), which assembles the latest work by leading scholars of politics in the South and West. He has published essays in several edited collections and journals, including International Labor and Working-Class History; Religion and American Culture; Religion and American Politics; Reviews in American History, and The Journal of American History; and received extensive research support from a number of organizations, most recently the American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Philosophical Society, Purdue Research Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Canadian government.
In 2007-2008, he served as a research postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. During the spring of 2013 he was the inaugural Bill & Rita Clement Senior Research Fellow at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. Dochuk is currently working on a book project tentatively titled Anointed With Oil: God and Black Gold in Modern America. It employs grassroots sources, church and corporate archives, and the personal records of powerful industrialists, wildcatters, and oil patch citizens to chart evangelical Protestantism’s longstanding (and politically significant) relationship with the petroleum industry. He is also involved in a number of collaborative initiatives, including a symposium and collection of essays that examine religion during Barack Obama’s presidency and a project sponsored by the Danforth Center, “Beyond the Culture Wars: Recasting Religion and Politics in the Twentieth Century,” which will include a conference and edited volume.