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Randall J Stephens

Northumbria University
United Kingdom


Dr Randall J Stephens is Reader and Associate Professor of History and American Studies ADSS Randallstephens Facultystaff 255Randall Stephens came to Northumbria in 2012. Hailing from Kansas, he writes and teaches about the American South, religion in the US, religion and politics, conservatism, and popular music. From 2008 to 2014 he was the editor of the history magazine Historically Speaking (Johns Hopkins University Press). Randall is the author of The Fire Spreads: Holiness and Pentecostalism in the American South (Harvard University Press, 2008, 2010); The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age, co-authored with Karl Giberson (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011, 2012); and editor of Recent Themes in American Religious History (University of South Carolina Press, 2009). He is currently completing his third book on religion and rock music for Harvard University Press. In spring 2012 he was a Fulbright Roving Scholar in American Studies in Norway. He is currently serving as an Organization of American Historian Distinguished Lecturer. Randall’s articles and op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Salon, the Independent, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Quartz, the Atlantic, and the Christian Century.

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American religious history, United States South, Pentecostalism, American popular music, cultural history, conservatism. Randall is currently working on A Primary Source Reader on Rock Music, with Brian Ward.

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