Darren Dochuk

Darren Dochuk

Darren Dochuk is an associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame. His research and teaching deal primarily with the United States in the long twentieth century, with emphasis on the intersections of religion, politics, and economics, and the rising influence of the American West and Sunbelt Southwest in national life. His first book, From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism (2011), won the American Historical Association's John H. Dunning Prize and the OAH Ellis W. Hawley Prize. His latest book, Anointed with Oil: How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America is a study of religion and politics in North America's age of oil, 1890 to the present. He is also a coeditor of Sunbelt Rising: The Politics of Space, Place, and Region (2011), and Faith in the New Millennium: The Future of Religion and American Politics (2016).


  • A Religious History of Pipeline Politics in Modern America
  • Evangelicalism and the Rise of the Sunbelt
  • Oil-Patch Christianity in California and the Southwest
  • Religion, Energy, and Environment in Twentieth-Century America
  • The Christian Right between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan


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"There Will Be Oil: A Sacred History of Energy and Environment in the Modern United States"

This lecture was presented at the Richard D. McKinzie Symposium, "One Nation under God: The Politics of America's Religious Diversity," sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The symposium also included presentations by OAH Distinguished Lecturers Charles Cohen and Sarah Barringer Gordon. Recorded by the Kansas City Public Library in February 2014.

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