Bethany Moreton

Academic Appointments

Professor of History
Heilbroner Fellow in Capitalism Studies, New School for Social Research, 2020
Faculty Affiliate and Steering Committee Member, Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Dartmouth
Faculty Affiliate, Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean 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 Fifty Shades of Green is forthcoming in the Near Futures series from Zone Books, 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.

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Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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B.A. Williams College

Selected Publications

To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise (Harvard University Press, May 2009).

Devotions and Desires: Histories of Religion and Sexuality in the Twentieth Century United States, co-edited with Gill Frank and Heather White (University of North Carolina Press, 2017).


Fifty Shades of Green (in preparation, Zone Books/Near Futures (MIT Press).

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

“So Goes the Nation: Southern Antecedents and the Future of Work,” Reviving Southern Labor History, ed. Keri Leigh Merritt and Matthew Hild (under review, University Press of Florida).

​“Knute Gingrich, All American? White Evangelicals, U.S. Catholics, and the Religious Genealogy of Political Realignment” in Faithful Republic: Religion and Politics in Modern America, ed. Andrew Preston, Bruce Schulman, and Julian Zelizer (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).

“S’More Inequality: The Neoliberal Marshmallow and the Corporate Reform of Education,” Social Text, issue 120 “Politically Unwilling,” Vol. 32, No. 3 120 (Fall 2014), pp. 29-48.

“Learning from the Right: A New Operation Dixie?” co-authored with Pamela Voekel, in Richard Greenwald and Daniel Katz, eds., Labor Rising: The Past and Future of Working People in America (New Press, 2012).

“A Matter of Some Interest: Payback and the Sterility of Capital,” Common Knowledge vol.17 no. 2, (March 2011). 

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Speaking Engagements

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, <>, 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.

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Works in Progress

Book: Jesus Saves: Christians in the Age of Debt

Article: “Catholic Diasporas and the Making of Transnational Conservatism,” for the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affair project “The Politics of Religion at Home and Abroad,”  Northwestern University and Indiana University, 2017.

Article: “Fifty Shades of Green: Sexing the History of Capitalism"