Hannah R Waits

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Hannah is currently writing her dissertation, titled "Missionary-Minded: American Evangelicals and Power in a Postcolonial World, 1945-2000."

Her research traces how participation in global missionary work shaped American evangelicals’ understandings of themselves and their growing national and international influence in the second half of the twentieth century.

Missionary work has long been a framework through which white actors tried to save and develop those whom they perceived to be others — racial others, cultural others, religious others, or moral others. This dissertation shows how changes to that framework produced new lessons about race, diversity, and power for white evangelicals back in the US.

American evangelicals became the majority of the world’s Protestant missionaries and built some of the world’s largest and wealthiest non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the mid- and late twentieth century. By analyzing evangelicals’ global work and its effects on American society, this project breaks new ground in the studies of decolonization, American international influence, and US religion and politics.

For more information, visit www.hannahwaits.com

Research Interests: 

Religion and Politics

US and the World

Cultural and Social History

Graduate Position: 
PhD Candidate