Award-winning author to speak on role of religion in American politics
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — David Campbell, political scientist and award-winning author, will share his years of research and insights on the role of religion in American politics during a public presentation at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at the University of Floridaâ€™s Bob Graham Center for Public Service in Pugh Hall.
The event is free and open to the public and will be streamed live at www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu. The program is co-sponsored by UFâ€™s department of political science.
As a professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame and founding director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, Campbell has distinguished himself as an expert on religion and politics, and as a leader on civic engagement. His talk, titled â€śWhy Religion Still Matters in American Politics,â€ť will examine such issues as the influence of the Christian right on public policy platforms, the role Mitt Romneyâ€™s Mormonism played in the outcome of the last election, and changing religious demographics in the U.S.
In 2010, Campbell co-authored â€śAmerican Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Usâ€ť with Harvard professor and mentor, Robert Putnam. The book was described as â€śintellectually powerfulâ€ť and â€śurgently relevantâ€ť by the New York Times. The San Francisco Chronicle called it, â€śthe most successfully argued sociological study of American religion in more than half a century.â€ť The book received the 2011 Woodrow Wilson Award from the American Political Science Association and the Wilbur Award from the Religious Communicators Council for the best non-fiction book of 2010.
Campbell also is the author of â€śWhy We Vote: How Schools and Communities Shape Our Civic Lifeâ€ť and was the editor for â€śA Matter of Faith: Religion in the 2004 Presidential Election.â€ť Campbell has been featured on numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR, Fox News and C-SPAN.
- Shelby Taylor, Sheladk9@ufl.edu