Molly Worthen, 2020–21

Spellbound Nation: Charisma in American History

Delta Delta Delta Fellowship; NEH Fellowship, 2020-21

Associate Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Molly Worthen

photo by Jafar Fallahi

Molly Worthen is associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a freelance journalist. She received her BA and PhD from Yale University. Her research focuses on North American religious and intellectual history. Her most recent book, Apostles of Reason, examines American evangelical intellectual life since 1945, especially the internal conflicts among different evangelical subcultures. Her first book, The Man On Whom Nothing Was Lost, is a behind-the-scenes study of American diplomacy and higher education told through the lens of biography. She also created an audio and video course for The Great Courses, “History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch,” and recently released an audio course for Audible, “Charismatic Leaders Who Remade America.” During her time at the National Humanities Center, she is working on her new book project tentatively titled, Spellbound Nation: Charisma in American History.

Worthen teaches courses on North American religious and intellectual culture, global Christianity, and the history of ideas. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and has written about religion and politics for The New Yorker, Slate, The American Prospect, Foreign Policy, and other publications.

Selected Publications

Apostles of Reason

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