Patheos Featured Writers

Anthea Butler

Anthea Butler is currently Associate Professor of Religion, University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent book, Women in the Church of God in Christ, Making A Sanctified World published on the University of North Carolina Press, chronicles the history of African American women's religious lives, and civic engagement in the Church of God in Christ, the largest Pentecostal denomination in the United States. She also edits the online journal The North Star: A Journal of African American Religion and History, and is an occasional contributor to Religion Dispatches, and the Revealer. A former president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, she has been involved in numerous international ecumenical dialogues, and with the Templeton foundation's project on Global Pentecostalism, housed at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California.

Anthea has also been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, Speaking of Faith, News and Notes, and the Today Show and The History Channel. Her most recent media work was with the PBS series American Experience as a consultant for a 2007 segment featuring Aimee Semple McPherson, noted Pentecostal evangelist and media personality.

Academic Appointments

Research Associate and Colorado Scholar, Women's Study in Religion Program, Harvard Divinity School, September 2008-June 2009

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, July 2005-current

Executive committee, Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies, University of Rochester, September 2007-current

Assistant Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. August, 1999- May 2005

Associate Director, University Honors Program, Loyola Marymount University, September 2004-May 2005

Postdoctoral Fellow in Race, Religion, and Gender, Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University, 2001-2002


Ph.D. Religion, Vanderbilt University, 2001 Dissertation: A Peculiar Synergy: Matriarchy and the Church Of God in Christ, (Advisor, Lewis Baldwin)

M.A. Religion, Vanderbilt University, 2000

M.A. Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1995

B.A. Marketing, University of Houston At Clear Lake, 1983


Works by Anthea Butler
The race for acceptance and acknowledgment begins with the recognition that at times......
G-d Gave This Land to Us
Anthea Butler | September 01, 2009
It became clear that history was yesterday in Israel and in every way it played a role......
Is Greed Good?
Anthea Butler | July 21, 2009
Is greed necessary to uphold the global system of financial markets, philanthropy, and......