MemberW. Travis McMaken

I am Associate Professor of Religion and Assistant Dean of Multidisciplinary Humanities in the School of Humanities at Lindenwood University’s St. Charles, MO campus. My writing engages primarily with 20th century theology (esp. Protestant theology, with specialization in Karl Barth, Helmut Gollwitzer, and T. F. Torrance) while working constructively on the subjects of sacramentology, ecclesiology, and political theology.

MemberSteven Foster

My research intends to trace the different ways the participants of the English Reformation tried to interpret the meaning of Romans 13:1-7 and how these interpretations made sense of the present during a period of seismic change.  The Pauline proof text ‘Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God’ (Rom.13:1), has been a neglected crux in the evolution of political theology and was central in the early modern debates which concerned politico-religious allegiance.


DENISE  STARKEY is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies and the Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at The College of St. Scholastica. She is the recipient of the 1st Benedictine Professor of General Education Award. Her academic interests include Feminist, Liberation and Political Theologies; Spirituality and Mystical Theology; Christian Ethics and Social Justice; Feminist Theory/Philosophy/Ethics; and Theology and Psychology. Denise received her Ph.D. in Constructive Theology (with highest honors) from Loyola University-Chicago. She is the author of The Shame that Lingers: A Survivor-centered Critique of Catholic Sin-talk (2009) and a contributing author to Religion and Men’s Violence Against Women (2015). Her current research explores practices of pilgrimage and multiple religious belonging in order to construct a nomadic spirituality of home for survivors of violence. She is also president of the Board of Directors of the FaithTrust Institute, a national, multifaith organization working to end sexual and domestic violence.

MemberS. Jonathon O'Donnell

…Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

‘Antisemitism Under Erasure: Christian Zionist Anti-Globalism and the Refusal of Cohabitation.’ Ethnic and Racial Studies (Forthcoming).
‘Unipolar Dispensations: Exceptionalism, Empire, and the End of One America.’ Political Theology 20(1) (2019): 66–84.
‘Islamophobic Conspiracism and Neoliberal Subjectivity: The Inassimilable Society.’ Patterns of Prejudice 52(1) (2018): 1–23.
‘The Body Politic(s) of the Jezebel Spirit.’ Religion & Gender 7(2): Religion, Gender, and Body Politics (Special Issue) (2017): 240–255.
‘Secularizing Demons: Fundamentalist Navigations in Religion and Secularity.’ Zygon: Journal of Religion and Scie…

I am an IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin. My research draws on religious studies, political philosophy, and critical theory to interrogate the relationship between contemporary demonology and systems of social prejudice, including queer- and transphobia, antiblackness, Islamophobia, antisemitism, and settler colonialism. My first monograph, entitled Passing Orders: Demonology and Sovereignty in American Spiritual Warfare, will be published by Fordham University Press on November 3, 2020. The book brings political theology into dialogue with queer, critical race, and decolonial theory to interrogate discourses of “spiritual warfare” in America today. Exploring the interwoven demonologies of Jezebel, the Islamic Antichrist, and Leviathan, it demonstrates the way that systems of sovereign power sustain themselves through the conjuration and domination of demonised others, and how these demonised others unsettle and deconstruct those systems from within. I am currently working on two monograph projects, in addition to adjacent journal articles and essays. The first is an examination of the relationship between contemporary demonology, ethnonationalism, and the climate crisis, exploring how ideas of demons today work to justify interwoven notions of political, social, and environmental ecology. The second is an interrogation of the demon’s relationship to the secular, looking at the post-Romantic transition of the demon from theology to literature and the way this transition exemplifies the relationship between religion and secularity.

MemberStefan Fisher-Høyrem

…ies and their technological performance – railways and national clock synchronization; newspapers and the public sphere; and bank notes and the economy. I am currently working on a monograph based on parts of the thesis.

Since completing the PhD thesis, I have continued to explore the meanings of secularity and post secularity, and the intersections of political theology, historiographical theory and new materialism….

I am a researcher on the project Cultural Conflict 2.0 which is headed by Professor David Herbert. The project investigates the development of cultural conflicts, as well as production and reproduction of social order, via social media, collective rituals, city promotion and planning, etc. in different cities in Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands. My research interests are located at the intersection of modern social and technological history, historiography and theory of history, and secularity studies and political theology. As a historian of modernity, I am interested in the material technological/performative mediation of “modern” concepts of temporality, autonomy, and immanence. I have taught modules in the theory of history, religious studies, culture and communication, worldview pluralism, and philosophy of science. I have lectured on rhetoric, nineteenth-century British history, and theories of secularity and secularisation.

MemberDavid Congdon

I am the acquisitions editor at the University Press of Kansas, acquiring titles in political science and law. I completed my PhD in theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. My research is primarily in the fields of modern theology, hermeneutics, and missiology, with a special emphasis on Rudolf Bultmann.