Lauren R. Kerby

Visiting Fellow

Lauren R. Kerby is a scholar of American religion and politics and an expert on the pedagogy of religious studies. Her first book, Saving History: How White Evangelicals Tour the Nation's Capital and Redeem a Christian America (University of North Carolina, 2020), explores white Christian nationalists' stories about the United States and how they shape white evangelicals' religious identity and political behavior. Her current project develops a pedagogy for the public understanding of religion, focusing on how religious narratives invisibly inform how Americans think about work.  Kerby also works with the CCSR Media Team to create public resources about religion. She has taught courses at Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Extension School, and Boston University on religion's intersection with American politics, education, media & entertainment, and social movements. Kerby also served as the religious literacy specialist for Religion and Public Life at Harvard Divinity School (formerly the Religious Literacy Project), where she led outreach to educators and other professionals and oversaw research and development of curriculum, case studies, and other resources. She earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Boston University.