Panel: "Secular Surge: A New Fault Line in American Politics"


Location: Room 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Hall (View on map )

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Join us for our first event of the Fall 2021 Semester, a book panel on Secular Surge: A New Fault Line in American Politics by authors David E. Campbell, Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy at Notre Dame and Geoffrey C. Layman, Chair and Professor of Political Science at Notre Dame.

The panel will begin at 12:15 pm EST, lunch available at noon. Free and open to the public. 

Presented by: The Center for Citizenship and Constitutional Government and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy

David Campbell is the Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy at the University of Notre Dame and the former chairperson of the political science department. His research focuses on civic and political engagement, with a particular focus on religion (and secularism) and young people. His most recent book is Secular Surge: A New Fault Line in American Politics (with Geoff Layman and John Green). He is currently working with Christina Wolbrecht to study the impact of female political candidates on the political engagement of young people. In 2014, he published Seeking the Promised Land: Mormons and American Politics (with John Green and Quin Monson). He is also the co-author (with Robert Putnam) of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us (winner of the 2011 award from the American Political Science Association for the best book on government, politics, or international affairs), and Why We Vote: How Schools and Communities Shape Our Civic Life. In addition, he has published scholarly articles in a variety of journals, including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Daedalus.

Geoff Layman serves as the chair of the Department of Political Science and is the co-editor (along with Benjamin Radcliff) of the journal Political Behavior. His research focuses on political behavior, political parties, and religion and politics, with a particular emphasis on long-term changes in the parties and their electoral coalitions.  His most recent book (with David Campbell and John Green) is Secular Surge: A New Fault Line in American Politics (Cambridge, 2021).  He also is the author of The Great Divide: Religious and Cultural Conflict in American Party Politics (Columbia, 2001) and has published numerous articles in the discipline's leading journals, including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, and the Annual Review of Political Science.  

Scott Appleby (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1985) is the Marilyn Keough Dean of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs. Appleby, a professor of history at Notre Dame, is a scholar of global religion who has been a member of Notre Dame’s faculty since 1994. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1978 and received master’s and Ph.D. degrees in history from the University of Chicago. Appleby’s research examines the various ways in which religious movements and organizations shape, and are shaped by national, regional and global dynamics of governance, deadly conflict, international relations and economic development. He co-chaired the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Task Force on Religion and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy, which released the influential report, “Engaging Religious Communities Abroad: A New Imperative for U.S. Foreign Policy.” 

Eillen M. Hunt is a political theorist whose scholarly interests cover modern political thought, feminism, the family, rights, ethics of technology, and philosophy and literature. She has taught at Notre Dame since 2001. She is a fellow at the Kroc Institute for Peace Studies, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and the Massachusetts Historical Society. Her books include 'Family Feuds: Wollstonecraft, Burke, and Rousseau on the Transformation of the Family' (SUNY, 2006); 'Wollstonecraft, Mill, and Women's Human Rights' (Yale, 2016); 'Mary Shelley and the Rights of the Child: Political Philosophy in "Frankenstein"' (Penn Press, 2017); and 'Artificial Life After Frankenstein' (Penn Press, 2020).

Andrew R. Lewis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati. He researches the intersection of politics, religion, and law in America, with an expertise in Evangelicals and politics, church-state relations, conservative legal activism, and rights politics. Prof. Lewis's research engages with the themes of representation and American constitutionalism, through a variety of lenses. His book The Rights Turn in Conservative Christian Politics: How Abortion Transformed the Culture Wars (Cambridge, 2017) documents the rise of rights politics within conservative Christian politics and the important role that the pro-life movement has played in that process. It was awarded the 2018 American Political Science Association’s Hubert Morken Award for the Best Book on Religion and Politics. 

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