Professor of HistoryFaculty Affiliate and Steering Committee Member, Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, DartmouthCo-Director (with Christian Haines), Critical Finance Studies, DartmouthFaculty Affiliate, Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies, DartmouthCo-Editor (with Devin Fergus, Julia Ott, and Louis Hyman), Columbia University Press Studies in the History of U.S. CapitalismOrganizing Collective Member, Tepoztlan Institute for the Transnational History of the AmericasDistinguished Lecturer, Organization of American HistoriansCo-Founder, Freedom University Georgia
Bethany Moreton is a series editor for Columbia University Press’s Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism. Since receiving her doctorate in history at Yale in 2006, she has been a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge and a fellow at the Harvard Divinity School and the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin. Her first book, To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise (Harvard University Press, 2009) won the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize for best first book in U.S. history, the John Hope Franklin Award for the best book in American Studies, and the Emerging Scholar in the Humanities award from the University of Michigan. Her new book Our Lady of the Market: Catholicism and the Conservative Search for a Moral Economy is under contract at Harvard University Press, and her Devotions and Desires: Histories of Religion and Sexuality in the Twentieth-Century U.S (co-edited with Gill Frank and Heather White) is forthcoming from the University of North Carolina Press this year. She is a founding member of the Tepoztlán Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas and a founding faculty member of Freedom University, which offers college coursework without charge to qualified Georgia high school graduates regardless of immigration status.
Devotions and Desires: Histories of Religion and Sexuality in the Twentieth Century United States, co-edited with Gill Frank and Heather White (in press, University of North Carolina Press, 2017).
Our Lady of the Market: Catholicism and the Conservative Search for a Moral Economy (forthcoming, Harvard University Press).
“So Goes the Nation: Southern Antecedents and the Future of Work,” Reviving Southern Labor History, ed. Keri Leigh Merritt and Matthew Hild (under review, University Press of Florida).
“Knute Gingrich, All American? White Evangelicals, U.S. Catholics, and the Religious Genealogy of Political Realignment” in Faithful Republic: Religion and Politics in Modern America, ed. Andrew Preston, Bruce Schulman, and Julian Zelizer (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).
“S’More Inequality: The Neoliberal Marshmallow and the Corporate Reform of Education,” Social Text, issue 120 “Politically Unwilling,” Vol. 32, No. 3 120 (Fall 2014), pp. 29-48.
“Learning from the Right: A New Operation Dixie?” co-authored with Pamela Voekel, in Richard Greenwald and Daniel Katz, eds., Labor Rising: The Past and Future of Working People in America (New Press, 2012).
“A Matter of Some Interest: Payback and the Sterility of Capital,” Common Knowledge vol.17 no. 2, (March 2011).
“Why Is There So Much Sex in Christian Conservatism and Why Do So Few Historians Care Anything about It?” Journal of Southern History 75th anniversary issue, v. 75, no. 3 (August, 2009).
“Make Payroll, Not War: Business Culture as Youth Culture,” in Bruce Schulman and Julian Zelizer, eds., Rightward Bound: Making America Conservative in the 1970s (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008).
"The Soul of the Service Economy: Wal-Mart and the Making of Christian Free Enterprise, 1929-1994,” Enterprise & Society 8:4 (December, 2007).
“The Soul of Neoliberalism,” Social Text v. 25, no. 3 92 (Fall 2007), pp. 103-123.
“Vaya con Dios: Religion and the Transnational History of the Americas,” co-authored with Pamela Voekel, History Compass, Summer 2007.
Chapter: “It Came from Bentonville: The Agrarian Origins of Wal-Mart Culture” in Nelson Lichtenstein, ed., Wal-Mart: The Face of Twenty-First Century Capitalism (New Press, 2006).
Keynote Panel, "Cultures of Conservatism in the United States and Western Europe between the 1970s and 1990s," Deutsches Historisches Institut London, September 2017.
Princeton University Department of Religion, “Beyond Stonewall” Symposium, March 11, 2017.
Indiana University 21st Annual Cultural Studies Conference keynote address, “Fifty Shades of Green: Sexing the History of Capitalism,” October 21, 2016.
Princeton University Faith and Work Initiative of the Center for the Study of Religion, “Faith & Work in the New Economy: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Religion and Work,” June 5-6, 2015.
Harvard Business School/Harvard Divinity School joint faculty forum on To Serve God and Walmart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise, March 10, 2015.
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Columbia University Center for the Study of Religion and Sexuality, “Market Value and Family Values,” February 24, 2014.
Yale University Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities Symposium “Free Love, Free Markets,” February 20-21, 2014.
Northwestern University Chabraja Center for Historical Studies, “Sanctifying Service: Spiritual Responses to Post-Industrial Work,” April 8, 2013.
Vanderbilt University History Seminar, “Free Markets, Family Values, and the Theology of Work in Opus Dei,” January 28, 2013.
Works in Progress
Book: Jesus Saves: Christians in the Age of Debt
Article: “Catholic Diasporas and the Making of Transnational Conservatism,” for the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affair project “The Politics of Religion at Home and Abroad,” Northwestern University and Indiana University, 2017.
Article: “Fifty Shades of Green: Sexing the History of Capitalism"