Philip Gorski

Philip Gorski

Professor of Sociology

Yale University


Philip Gorski is Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at Yale University. He writes on religion and politics in early modern and modern Western Europe and North America from a comparative historical perspective.

His current work focuses on the history and politics of White Christian Nationalism and American Civil Religion. He is currently co-authoring a book on the enduring influence of white supremacism on white Protestantism.

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  • Sociology of Religion
  • History of Christianity
  • Social Theory
  • Political Theology
  • Philosophy of Science


  • PhD in Sociology, 1996

    UC Berkeley

  • BA in Social Studies, 1986

    Harvard College


(2020). American Babylon: Christianity and Democracy Before and After Trump.

Why did 81 percent of white evangelicals vote for Donald Trump in 2016 and again in 2020? And what does this tell us about the relationship between Christianity and democracy in the United States? American Babylon places our present political moment against a deep historical backdrop, stretching from Antiquity to Modernity, with special attention to the changing shape of American Protestantism.

(2017). American Covenant

Was the United States founded as a Christian nation or a secular democracy? Neither, argues Philip Gorski in American Covenant. What the founders actually envisioned was a prophetic republic that would weave together the ethical vision of the Hebrew prophets and the Western political heritage of civic republicanism.


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