Associate Professor Nancy Wadsworth (Ph.D. New School for Social Research 2001, Post-Doc Cornell Unversity 2001-2003), has been teaching American politics, political theory, and comparative politics in DU’s undergraduate Political Science department since 2004. Her primary areas of concentration are race, religion, political thought, American political culture, and the politics of apology and forgiveness. She is the author of Ambivalent Miracles: Evangelicals and the Politics of Racial Healing (University of Virginia Press, 2014). With Robin Jacobson (University of Puget Sound) she is co-editor of the volume, Faith and Race in American Political Life (University of Virginia Press, 2012) . She has authored original research in a variety of venues, and writes analyses in public forums like The Washington Post. She is also a frequent contributor to the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art's "Mixed Taste: Lectures in Unrelated Topics" series.
I served as Chair of the John Evans Study Committee, which in November, 2014, released its report on the role of John Evans in the Sand Creek Massacre.
"Awakening the Civic Dead: Political Mobilization of the Zombie in Real Time," The Popular Culture Studies Journal, Special Issue on Monsters and Monstrosity, Ed. Bernadette Calafell, Vol 6 (2-3), 2018.
“Awakening the 'Walking Dead': Zombie Pedagogy for Millennials.”Radical Teacher 107 (Winter), pp. 4-13.
“Are We The Walking Dead? Zombie Apocalypse as Liberatory Art.” New Political Science 38 (4), pp. 561-581. Special Issue on Herbert Marcuse.
“Unsettling Lessons: Teaching Indigenous Politics and Settler Colonialism in Political Science,”PS: Political Science & Politics, July, pp. 692-7.
“Intersectionality in California’s Same-Sex Marriage Battles: A Complex Proposition,” Political Research Quarterly 64 (1), pp. 200-216. Mini-Symposium on Intersectionality.
“Bridging Racial Change: Political Orientations in the Multiracial Church Building Movement,” Politics & Religion 3 (3), pp. 439-468.
“Race-ing Faith and Fate: The Jeremiad in Multiracial ‘Moral Values’ Alliances,” Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Perspectives, Volume 1, Issue 2, Kirwan Institute, Ohio State University, pp. 313-341.
“Reconciliation Politics: Conservative Evangelicals and the New Race Discourse,” Politics & Society, Volume 25, Number 3, pp 341-376.
Book Chapters & Invited Essays
"Trans-Universal Zombie Church of the Blissful Ringing," with Aleš Črnič, in World Religions and Spirituality Project, June 2020.
“When the Religious Other Seems Abhorrent: Thoughts on the Power of Scholars to Represent the ‘Repugnant Cultural Other’” (Review of Alan Rodgers The Child Cases: How America’s Religious Exemption Laws Harm Children.) Tulsa Law Review, 52 (3), Spring 2017, pp. 633-41.
“Of Milestones and Millstones: Intersections of Race and Religion in the 2012 Election,” in Luis Leon and Gary Laderman, Eds., Religion and American Cultures Encyclopedia, ABC-CIO Press, 2014.
“Religious Race-Bridging: Racial Change Efforts Among Conservative Evangelicals,” in Robin Jacobson and Nancy Wadsworth, Eds., Faith and Race in American Political Life, University of Virginia Press, 2012.
“Fractured Believers: Race and Religion as Intersectional Aspects of United States Political Development” in Race and U.S. Political Development, Joseph Lowndes (University of Oregon), Julie Novkov (SUNY Albany), and Dorian Warren (Columbia University), Editors. Routledge Press, 2008.
Faith and Race in American Political Life
Drawing on scholarship from an array of disciplines, this volume provides a deep and timely look at the intertwining of race and religion in American politics. The contributors apply the methods of intersectionality, but where this approach has typically considered race, class, and gender, the essays collected here focus on religion, too, to offer a theoretically robust conceptualization of how these elements intersect--and how they are actively impacting the political process.
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"George Floyd's killing is changing how some white evangelicals talk about race." Washington Post. August 11, 2020.
"The racial demons that help explain evangelical support for Trump." Vox, April 30, 2018.
"Louis C.K.'s apology is imperfect. But it is still important." Washington Post, November 14, 2017.
“A more nuanced approach to painful parts of Colorado history,” Denver Post, June 9, 2017, with Billy J. Stratton.
“The ‘pussyhats’ (and other things) make protests fun—which keeps people coming back,” The Monkey Cage, The Washington Post, February 22, 2016.
“Rodeo in the Rain – American Politics and Religion in the 2016 Presidential Race.” Political Theology Today, March 29, 2016.
“Does the 2016 Election Mark the End of White Christian America?” Political Theology Today, August 25, 2016.
“No, Trump’s anti-Muslim Proposals Aren’t anti-American. They’re Just the Latest Entries in a History of American Religious and Racial Persecution,” The Monkey Cage, The Washington Post, December 15, 2015.
“White Kids Will Be Kids,” The Pacific Standard Magazine, December 17, 2014.
“Lessons from the John Evans Panel,” Denver Post, December 10, 2014.
“Commemorating a Massacre: Lessons for Political Scientists,” The New West: Official Blog of the Western Political Science Association, November 24