Bethany Moreton

Bethany Moreton

Bethany Moreton is a professor of Dartmouth College and a series editor for Columbia University Press’s Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism. She has held fellowships at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Divinity School, and the Institute for Research in the Humanities of the University of Wisconsin. Her first book, To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise (2009), won the OAH Frederick Jackson Turner Award for the best first book in U.S. history and the John Hope Franklin Award for the best book in American studies; the book’s royalties support Interfaith Worker Justice. She is a founding collective member of the Tepoztlán Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas and a founding faculty member of Freedom University, which offers college coursework without charge to qualified Georgia high school graduates banned from state campuses because of their immigration status. She is the author of multiple articles and book chapters on the intersections among faith, sexuality, and economic life, and is currently at work on a pair of books: "Jesus Saves: Christians in the Age of Debt" and study of transnational Catholic labor theology in Opus Dei.


  • God, Sex, and Walmart in the Conservative Ascendancy
  • Market Values and Family Values: A Historical Romance
  • Sanctifying Service: Spiritual Responses to Postindustrial Work


“Sanctifying Service: Spiritual Responses to Postindustrial Work”

This lecture was presented as the keynote address at the Atlanta Graduate Student Conference in U.S. History at Emory University. Recorded by Colin Reynolds in November 2013.

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