Research and Writing

All of our faculty and postdoctoral fellows are active scholars working to publish books, articles, and essays aimed at university audiences as well as the broader reading public. We also support the publication efforts of other scholars and writers through our online journal and book series.

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Book Series

We are working on a new book series, The John C. Danforth Center Series on American Religion & Politics.

In partnership with Princeton University Press, the Center is initiating a book series designed to publish cutting-edge scholarship on American religion and politics. Featuring one to two books a year, the series will address America’s religious and political entanglements in both historical and contemporary terms; it will entail works of deep original research and constructive public engagement—ones that bring new perspectives to enduring questions in the nation’s religious and political life. Interdisciplinary in scope, the series will be a venue for scholars across the humanities and social sciences who aim to remap the terrain, past and present, of American religion, politics, and culture. Beyond its academic benchmarks, the series endeavors to shape wider public discussions about the vexed relationship between religion and politics in the United States.

Please contact Fred Appel ( or Eric Crahan ( with proposals or questions.