Anthea Butler

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Graduate Chair of Religious Studies
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
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Anthea Butler is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Graduate Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent book, Women in the Church of God in Christ, Making A Sanctified World published on the University of North Carolina Press, chronicles the history of African American women’s religious lives, and civic engagement in the Church of God in Christ, the largest Pentecostal denomination in the United States. Professor Butler's forthcoming book, The Gospel According to Sarah: How Sarah Palin and the Tea Party are Galvanizing the Religious Right will be published by The New Press in 2014.


Ph.D., Religion, Vanderbilt University, 2001
M.A., Religion, Vanderbilt University
M.A., Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
B.A., Marketing, University of Houston At Clear Lake

Research and Teaching Interests: 

Prof. Butler's research interests are Religion and Politics, Women and
Religion, African America Religious history, Pentecostalism, Fundamentalism,
and Religion in the Media.

Selected Publications: 

Women in the Church of God in Christ, Making A Sanctified World, University of North Carolina Press

Recent Courses: 
  • Women and Religion
  • Martin and Malcolm in America
  • African-American Religions
  • Pentecostalism
Brief Biography: 

Professor Butler is an advocate for the public understanding of religion. Professor Butler is a regular contributor to the news magazines on several media outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, The Canadian Broadcasting Company, and has an extensive media corpus that can be found by downloading Anthea Butler in the News, and at her website

Women in the Church of God in Christ
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