Bethany Moreton

Academic Appointments
  • Professor of History

  • Heilbroner Fellow in Capitalism Studies, New School for Social Research, 2020

  • Faculty Affiliate, Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies, Dartmouth

  • Faculty Affiliate, Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Dartmouth

  • Co-Editor (with Devin Fergus, Julia Ott, and Louis Hyman), Columbia University Press Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism

  • Organizing Collective Member, Tepoztlan Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas

  • Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians

  • Co-Founder, Freedom University Georgia

Bethany Moreton is a series editor for Columbia University Press's Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism and the Spring 2020 Heilbroner Fellow in Capitalism Studies at the New School for Social Research in New York. Since receiving her doctorate in history at Yale in 2006, she has been a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge and a fellow at the Harvard Divinity School and the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin. Her first book, To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise (Harvard University Press, 2009) won the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize for best first book in U.S. history, the John Hope Franklin Award for the best book in American Studies, and the Emerging Scholar in the Humanities award from the University of Michigan. Her book Perverse Incentives: Economics as Culture War is forthcoming in the Near Futures series from Zone Books (Princeton University Press), and Slouching towards Moscow: American Evangelicals and the Romance of Russia is under contract at Harvard University Press; she is also at work on Jesus Saves: Christians in the Age of Debt. She is a founding 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 regardless of immigration status. Her most recent publications include the book  Entre Dios y el capital (Txalaparta, 2022) and the articles "Our Lady of Mont Pelerin: The 'Navarra School' of Catholic Neoliberalism,"  in Capitalism: A Journal of History and Economics and, with Pamela Voekel, "And the Devil Take the Hindmost" in their co-edited special issue of Southern Cultures.


Carson Hall, Room C411
HB 6107


  • PhD Yale University
  • B.A. Williams College

Selected Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • "The Anti-Democracy Is the Point: Neoliberalism was Born Authoritarian," Social and Economic Justice Leaders meeting, Westchester, NY, July 18, 2022

  • Yale University Working Group on Labor and Culture, paper presentation: "Slouching toward Moscow: American Evangelicals and the Romance of Russia," May 18, 2020.

  • Keynote, "Jesus Saves: Debt, Devotion, and Discipline," for conference "American Religious Studies and Histories of Capitalism," University of Virgina Jefferson Scholars Foundation, January 31, 2020.

  • New School for Social Research Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies lecture "The Man in the Gray Hair Shirt: Self-Mortification and Neoliberal Soul-Craft," May 7, 2020.

  • Georgetown University Conference on Russia and the Global Culture Wars, "Slouching Towards Moscow: American Evangelicals and the Romance of Russia," October 17-18, 2019.

  • Princeton University Department of Religion Invited Conference "The Ties that Divide Us," May 4, 2019.

  • Baylor University History Department seminar, "Slouching towards Moscow: American Evangelicals and the Romance of Russia," March 25, 2019.

  • University of North Carolina Center for the Study of the American South, Southern Summit on the future of the field, May 14-15, 2018.

  • University of Wisconsin Department of History Merle Curti Lecture, "Fifty Shades of Green: Sexing the History of Capitalism," November 14, 15, & 16, 2018.

  • New York University Institute for Public Knowledge, "Mother of Sorrows: Catholic Confederates, Russian Orthodoxy, and the Moral Economy of Ethnonationalism," April 27, 2018.

  • Keynote Panel, "Cultures of Conservatism in the United States and Western Europe between the 1970s and 1990s," Deutsches Historisches Institut London, September 2017.

  • Princeton University Department of Religion, "Beyond Stonewall" Symposium, March 11, 2017.

  • Indiana University 21st Annual Cultural Studies Conference keynote address, "Fifty Shades of Green: Sexing the History of Capitalism," October 21, 2016.

  • Princeton University Faith and Work Initiative of the Center for the Study of Religion, "Faith & Work in the New Economy: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Religion and Work," June 5-6, 2015.

  • Harvard Business School/Harvard Divinity School joint faculty forum on To Serve God and Walmart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise, March 10, 2015.

  • École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, <<Journée d'étude : Marché des religions et religion(s) du marché aux États-Unis>>, October 31, 2014.

  • Columbia University Center for the Study of Religion and Sexuality, "Market Value and Family Values," February 24, 2014.

  • Yale University Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities Symposium "Free Love, Free Markets," February 20-21, 2014.

  • Northwestern University Chabraja Center for Historical Studies, "Sanctifying Service: Spiritual Responses to Post-Industrial Work," April 8, 2013.

  • Vanderbilt University History Seminar, "Free Markets, Family Values, and the Theology of Work in Opus Dei," January 28, 2013.

Works In Progress

  • Perverse Incentives: Economics as Culture War (Near Futures, Zone Books of Princeton University Press, forthcoming).

  • Slouching Towards Moscow: American Evangelicals and the Romance of Russia (under contract, Harvard University Press)