Melani McAlister teaches American studies and international affairs at George Washington University. She is the author of Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, and U.S. Interests in the Middle East (2001), an interdisciplinary study of the ways in which culture, media, and U.S. policy intersected to construct a "common sense" about U.S. power in the Middle East. McAlister is also interested in the politics of religion and international relations. She is a coeditor, with R. Marie Griffith, of Religion and Politics in the Contemporary United States (2008). She has recently completed "Our God in the World: The Global Visions of American Evangelicals," a broad-reaching study of evangelical internationalism since 1960, looking particularly at U.S. evangelical relations with the Middle East and Africa. Her next book is a study of the transnational response to the Biafra crisis and Nigerian civil war of 1967–1970. McAlister has been invited to speak to more than 50 university and public audiences about her research, including keynote or plenary addresses for a number of international conferences and workshops across the Middle East and Europe.
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- Evangelicals and Apartheid: The Struggle among Believers in the United States and South Africa
- Religious Communities and the Biafra War of 1967-1970