Daniel Williams

Fields of Study:  Modern U.S.; American Politics; American Religion

Dr. Williams's research focuses on the intersection between politics and religion in modern America. He is the author of God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right (Oxford University Press, 2010) and Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement before Roe v. Wade (Oxford University Press, 2016).  He is currently writing a study of cultural conflict in the 1976 presidential election, which is under contract with the University Press of Kansas for publication in the American Presidential Elections series.

  • B.A., History and Classics, Case Western Reserve University, 1999
  • M.A., History, Brown Unversity, 2000
  • Ph.D., History, Brown University, 2005

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Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement before Roe v. Wade (Oxford University Press, 2016)

God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right (Oxford University Press, 2010; paperback, 2012).

Co-editor (with Laura Jane Gifford), The Right Side of the Sixties: Reexamining Conservatism’s Decade of Transformation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

“No Happy Medium: The Role of Americans’ Ambivalent View of Fetal Rights in Political Conflict over Abortion Legalization,” Journal of Policy History (2013).

“Questioning Conservatism’s Ascendancy: A Reexamination of the Rightward Shift in Modern American Politics,” Reviews in American History (2012).

“Sex and the Evangelicals: Gender Issues, the Sexual Revolution, and Abortion in the 1960s,” in American Evangelicals and the 1960s: Revisiting the “Backlash,” ed. Axel Schaefer (University of Wisconsin Press).

“The GOP’s Abortion Strategy: Why Pro-Choice Republicans Became Pro-Life in the 1970s,” Journal of Policy History 23 (2011): 513-539.

“Voting for God and the GOP: The Role of Evangelical Religion in the Emergence of the Republican South,” in Painting the South Red: When, Where, Why, and How the South Became Republican, ed. Glenn A. Feldman (Florida, 2011).

“Evangelical Economics: Reexamining Christian Political Culture from a Market-Based Perspective,” Reviews in American History (Spring 2011).

“Jerry Falwell’s Sunbelt Politics: The Regional Origins of the Moral Majority,” Journal of Policy History, 22 (2010): 125-147.

“Reagan’s Religious Right: The Unlikely Alliance between Southern Evangelicals and a California Conservative,” in Ronald Reagan and the 1980s, ed. Gareth Davies and Cheryl Hudson (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

“The Cross and the Elephant: Southern White Evangelicals’ Commitment to the Republican Party, 1960-1994,” Proceedings of the South Carolina Historical Association, 2005.

“Good Religion: In Defense of Ross Douthat,” Public Discourse, 29 May 2012.

“The Christian Right’s Partisan Commitment,” Historically Speaking, April 2011.

“A Victory for the Christian Right,” PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, 5 November 2010.

“O’Donnell’s Winning Combination,” Politico, 17 September 2010

“Darwin v. God: Why the Tennessee Case that Captivated a Nation Remains Unresolved,” Sacred History Magazine, November / December 2006.

“Southern Baptists and the Culture War On School Prayer,” Sacred History Magazine, November / December 2006.