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Julie Ingersoll

Professor and Program Coordinator

Phone: (904) 620-1330

Office: Building 10, Room 2220



Faculty Bio



Areas of Expertise

I approach religion as a mechanism for social formation, drawing on a blend of history and ethnography as research methods to explore religion in American culture, especially politics, gender, the religious right and religious violence. You can see some of my work on my author's page at Amazon.


Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

M.A., American Religious History and European Intellectual History, George Washington University

B.A., Political Science, Rutgers College.


I'm originally from Maine and I still spend a lot of time there. If you know anyone from Maine you know that we remain "Mainieiacs" our whole lives. I've lived all over the country but after college I moved to California, fell in love with it, and stayed there as long as I could (more than a decade). In Jacksonville I live at the beach and enjoy fishing and kayaking whenever I can.
In addition to my academic work I also enjoy being engaged in contemporary issues that intersect with my research. My work has been cited in the New Yorker, the Washington Post, New York Times, LA Times American Prospect, Ms Magazine,, Beliefnet and The Nation. You can find my writing at Religion Dispatches and at Huffington Post and you can follow me on Twitter.

Selected Publications


Building God's Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstruction (Oxford University Press, 2015)

Evangelical Christian Women: War Stories in the Gender Battles (NYUP, 2013)

Baptists and Methodists in America (Facts on File, 2003, 2011)

Selected Articles

‘Religiously Motivated Violence in the Abortion Debate” Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence, Mark Juergensmeyer; Margo S. Kitts, eds., (Oxford University Press, 2013).

“Rank and File Evangelicals and the Activist Elite: Views of Pluralist Democracy,” in The Conservative Christian Movement and American Democracy, 2009 Russell Sage Foundation.

“Religion and Politics: the impact of the religious right” in Faith in America Charles Lippy, ed. Hartfield Connecticut: Praeger Press, October , 2006.

“Religion and Politics: the impact of the religious right” in Faith in America Charles Lippy, ed. Hartfield Connecticut: Praeger Press, October , 2006.

“Against Univocality: Rereading Ethnographies of Conservative Protestant Women,” for a collection of essays on ethnography entitled Personal Knowledge and Beyond: Reshaping the Ethnography of Religion edited by James Spickard, J. Shawn Landres, and Meredith McGuire. New York University Press, 2002.

Contemporary Christian Worship Music,” in Religions in America in Practice, Colleen McDannell ed. Princeton University Press, 2002.

“The Thin Line Between Saturday Night and Sunday Morning: Meaning and Community Among Jimmy Buffett’s Parrotheads,” in a collection of essays entitled God is in the Details: Religion and Popular Culture in America, edited by Eric Mazur and Kate McCarthy. Routledge Press, 2000, reprinted 2010.