Randall Stephens is a reader and associate professor in history and American studies at Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne. He edited the magazine Historically Speaking, and is the author of The Fire Spreads: Holiness and Pentecostalism in the American South (2008) and a coauthor of The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age (2011). His current book project examines the relationship between rock music and American Christianity, beginning with Pentecostals who took to the new genre—Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, James Brown, and Little Richard—and ending with the advent and popularization of Christian rock. He is also working on the history of the Dust Bowl and religious responses to environmental devastation. Stephens has written for the Chronicle of Higher Education, the New York Times, Salon, and the Conversation.
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- Building a History Web Site with Students
- Have We Been Here Before? Trumpism and the Question of Historical Precedent *
- Religion and Politics in Modern America
- The Devil's Music: Race, Rock, and Religion in the '50s and '60s
- The Origins of American Pentecostalism
- The Strange Career of Trump-Supporting Evangelicals *
- Why Is the American South So Religious? A Historical Look
Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.