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Anthea Butler

Anthea Butler is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  A historian of African American and American religion, Professor Butler’s research and writing spans African American religion and history, race, politics, Evangelicalism, gender and sexuality, media, and popular culture. You can find more of her writing and public engagement at Antheabutler.com


Her books include Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making A Sanctified World published by The University of North Carolina Press. Her current projects include two books for UNC Press, White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America, out in March 2021, and Reading Race: How Publishing created a lifeline for Black Baptists in Post Reconstruction America.


Professor Butler was awarded a Luce/ACLS Fellowship for the Religion, Journalism and International Affairs grant for 2018-2019 academic year to investigate Prosperity gospel and politics in the American and Nigerian context. She was also a Presidential fellow at Yale Divinity School for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Professor Butler currently serves as President Elect of the American Society for Church history, and is also member of the American Academy of Religion, American Historical Association, and the International Communications Association. 


A sought-after commentator on the BBC, MSNBC, CNN, The History Channel and PBS, Professor Butler regularly writes opinion pieces covering religion, race, politics and popular culture for The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NBC, and The Guardian. She has also served as a consultant to the PBS series God in America and the American Experience on Aimee Semple McPherson. Recently she served as a consultant for two forthcoming series on PBS:  Evangelicalism and Billy Graham, and the Black Church in America.

Follow Professor Butler on Twitter at: @antheabutler  and Scholar Strike at: @scholarstrike

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Kevin Gannon

Is Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Professor of History at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, where I’ve taught since 2004. He is a former program coordinator (New Student Seminar) and department chair, and his current role is a blend of administrative and faculty responsibilities.

Dr. Gannon's teaching, research, and public work (including writing) centers on critical and inclusive pedagogy; race, history, and justice; and technology and teaching. He writes for Vitae (a section of The Chronicle of Higher Education), and his essays on higher education have also been published in Vox and other media outlets. His book Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto, was published by West Virginia University press in Spring, 2020, as part of their Teaching and Learning in Higher Education series, edited by James M. Lang. In 2016, he appeared in the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th, which was directed by Ava DuVernay. He is a speaker and consultant about a range of topics on campuses across North America; in this work, he endeavors to bring passion, humor, and interactivity to his audiences. 

Dr. Gannon's scholarly passions are Race and Racisms, Critical and Inclusive Pedagogy, nineteenth-century history (particularly the United States and the Americas), and historiography and theory.  You can hear his most recent conversation on the Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast (April, 2020) HERE. He also recently appeared on the Tea For Teaching Podcast, and you can find that episode HERE.

You can find him on Twitter: @TheTattooedProf and Scholar Strike at: @scholarstrike

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