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Jerome Copulsky

Research Fellow

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February 21, 2022

MAGA Jesus at the Capitol

In an interview for Guernica, Research Fellow Jerome Copulsky and colleague Michael Altman discuss the role of religion in the U.S. Capitol insurrection on January 6, 2021, highlighting the tensions between civil religion and white Christian nationalism. 

Profile

Jerome Copulsky, a scholar in residence at American University and a Berkley Center research fellow, specializes in modern Western religious thought, political theory, and church/state issues. He is currently working on a project on American civil religion and its discontents. From 2016 to 2017, he was the American Academy of Religion/Luce Fellow and senior advisor at the U.S. Department of State's Office of Religion and Global Affairs. He previously directed the Judaic Studies programs at Goucher College and Virginia Tech, and also taught at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and Indiana University. His scholarly work has been published in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of Religion, Political Theology, and Perspectives on Political Science, with essays in Political Theology for a Plural Age (2013) and Judaism, Liberalism, and Political Theology (2013). His writing has also appeared in the Atlantic, Christian Science Monitor, Washingtonian, Jerusalem Post, Jewish Review of Books, and Religion Dispatches. Copulsky earned a B.A from Wesleyan University, an M.F.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

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