Greg Chatterley

Faculty Divinity School Teaching Fellow in the Divinity School and the College

Greg Chatterley is an historian of American religions. His academic interests include the study of racial formations in American religions, material economies of American religions, and other broad analyses of religion and social order in the twentieth-century United States. While his research is primarily historical in nature, his teaching draws regularly on classical and contemporary theories of religion.

His current research addresses the history of white racial formations in modern American evangelicalism. Augmenting long-told histories of whiteness and evangelicalism in the south, he traces the history of whiteness among evangelicals in the north, including ethnic immigrant evangelicals, corporate capitalist evangelicals, and suburbanized postwar evangelicals. Accordingly, his work reframes white evangelical responses to the classical civil rights movement  as leading evangelicals jettisoned controversial southern traditions to champion urban/suburban frameworks of transformed white supremacy.

His course offerings engage both historical and interdisciplinary social study. In the 2021-22 academic year,  he offers God-given Whites: Christianity and White Supremacy in the United States from Colonization to Trump, an 'abridged' history course, and Illicit Religion: Contesting Religious Freedom under the Law in Modern America, an historical, critical and legal study of religion as a category of social identity and power in the United States.