Areas of Expertise
Christian nationalism, religion, religion in the United States, religion and politics, politics, evangelicals, religion and race, religion and disability, disability, religion data, data.
Andrew L. Whitehead is an associate professor of sociology and co-director of the Association of Religion Data Archives -- the world’s largest online religion data archive -- at the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at IUPUI. His research focuses on how religion both shapes and is shaped by contemporary American culture.
Whitehead’s research has been featured across national outlets including The New Yorker, The Washington Post, CNN Today, Salon and The Guardian, and he is routinely contacted for perspective on religion and politics from national and international news media.
He is the author of "Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States" (Oxford University Press, 2020) and over three dozen peer-reviewed journal articles. In 2019, his co-authored article "Make America Christian Again: Christian Nationalism and Voting for Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election" (Sociology of Religion, 2018) won the Distinguished Article Award for both the Association for the Sociology of Religion and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Along with his work on Christian nationalism, Whitehead’s current research focus also explores childhood disability and religion.View full bio
White evangelicals aren't rejecting Trump (WaPo): https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/03/26/despite-porn-stars-and-playboy-models-white-evangelicals-arent-rejecting-trump-this-is-why/
Why some Christians don't believe in gun control (WaPo): https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/07/25/why-some-christians-dont-believe-in-gun-control-they-think-god-handed-down-the-second-amendment/?utm_term=.b0462f944dc2
Odessa mass shooting (NBC): https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/odessa-texas-mass-shooting-responses-tie-together-evangelical-christians-guns-ncna1049311
Trump and the Christian nationalist walk (Religion News Service): https://religionnews.com/2020/06/02/with-bibles-and-flash-grenades-trump-walks-the-christian-nationalist-walk/
Episcopal bishop on Trump (WaPo): https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/bishop-budde-trump-church/2020/06/01/20ca70f8-a466-11ea-b619-3f9133bbb482_story.html
Updated on: August 27, 2020