Assistant Professor of the Practice in Anthropology (Race and racism, evangelicalism, reproductive politics)
Race and racism, evangelicalism, reproductive politics, white nationalism, hate crimes
Sophie Bjork-James has engaged in long-term research on both the US-based Religious Right and the white nationalist movement. Her work has appeared on the NBC Nightly News, NPR’s All Things Considered, BBC Radio 4’s Today, and in the New York Times.
She is the co-editor of Beyond Populism: Angry Politics and the Twilight of Neoliberalism (West Virginia University Press, 2020). She is the author of The Divine Institution: White Evangelicalism’s Politics of the Family (Rutgers University Press, 2021) which provides an ethnographic account of how a theology of the family came to dominate a white evangelical tradition in the post-Civil Rights movement United States, providing a theological corollary to Religious Right politics. She is currently developing two projects. One explores anti-racist strategies challenging the white nationalist movement in the Northwestern United States. The other project explores contemporary pro-life activism and the intersection of abortion politics and environmental politics.
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Maskovsky, Jeff, and Sophie Bjork‐James, eds. 2019. Beyond Populism: Angry Politics and the Twilight of Neoliberalism | West Virginia University Press.
Bjork-James, Sophie. 2021. The Divine Institution.
Bjork-James, Sophie. 2020. Racializing misogyny: Sexuality and gender in the new online white nationalism. Feminist Anthropology 1: 176-183. View Article.
Bjork‐James, Sophie. 2020. White Sexual Politics: The Patriarchal Family in White Nationalism and the Religious Right. Transforming Anthropology 28:58-73. View Article.
Schneider, Rachel C., and Sophie Bjork-James. 2020. Whither Whiteness and Religion?: Implications for Theology and the Study of Religion. Journal of the American Academy of Religion 88:175-199. View Article.
Bjork-James, Sophie. 2019. Christian Nationalism and LGBTQ Structural Violence in the United States. Journal of Religion and Violence 7:278-302. View Article.
Bjork-James, Sophie. 2018. Training the Porous Body: Evangelicals and the Ex-Gay Movement. American Anthropologist 120:647-658. View Article.
Bjork-James, Sophie. 2015. Feminist Ethnography in Cyberspace: Imagining Families in the Cloud. Sex Roles 73:113-124. View Article.
Bjork-James, Sophie. 2019. Gender and Religion. In Anthropology: Oxford University Press. View Web Publication.
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Post-PhD Fellowship, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, 2019- 2021
Individual Research Grant, American Academy of Religion, 2020