Dr. Damon T. Berry
My research focuses on the imbrication of religious and racialized discourses that shape and inform logics of exclusion and violence. I have published in the Journal of Hate Studies and in Security Journal. I have also contributed to a volume titled Narrating Religion in the Macmillan Interdisciplinary Studies: Religion series, and an article on anti-Muslim ideology for an edited volume titled Fabricating Difference published by Equinox. My monograph titled Blood and Faith: Christianity in American White Nationalism was published in 2017 by Syracuse University Press (http://syracuseuniversitypress.syr.edu/fall-2017/blood-faith.html). My next book, to be published by Routledge in 2020, will focus on the relationships between the "alt-right" and Christianity with special attention to the responses of various Christian communities to that phenomenon since the U.S. Presidential election in 2016.
I am currently working on an articles for Nova Religio, the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Religion & Ethics on the topic of New Religious Movements and ethics, and for The Encyclopedia of Hate: A Global Study of Social Enmity.
I regularly teach classes on religion in America, global Christianities, religion & violence, race & religion, conspiracy theories in religions, new religious movements, and I have recently developed a course on American American religious expressions outside Christian churches, specifically focusing on the Nation of Islam and Father Divine.
I will be on sabbatical in fall of 2019.
- Religious studies, American studies, American religious history, critical race theory, ethnic studies, & theories of violence.
Presentations, Exhibitions, Performances and Published Work:
- (monograph) Blood and Faith: Christianity in American White Nationalism. Syracuse University Press
- (article ) "Concerning Voices: Thinking with Fernando about Bigotry and Silence" in Fabricating Difference, edited by S. Ramey
- (article) "Preservation and Adaptation of Norse Myth," in Religion: Narrating Religion, 1st Edition, edited by Sarah Iles Johnston
- (article) “Blood on the Tongue: Reading Abjection in the Nationalist Blood Libels from Nazi Germany to Hamas and the British National Party,” The Journal of Hate Studies. Vol. 10, No. 1 (2012): 99-122.
- Invited Book Review—The Ideology of Hatred: The Psychic Power of Discourse by Niza Yanay, Fordham University Press, 2012. The Journal of Hate Studies.
- (article) “Normalizing Racism: Vigilantism, Border Security, and Neo-Racist Assemblages Post-9/11,” co-authored with Joshua Kurtz for Security Journal.
- Presentation: Nov., 2013-- AAR, "How Does One Roll Away the Stone? The Question of Hallucinogens and the Magical Self in Aleister Crowley’s The Psychology of Hashish"
- Presentation: Nov., 2013--AAR, "Winning Back Ourselves: Conspiratorial Anti-Christianity in the New Right from 1968 France to Contemporary America"
- Presentation: October 9, 2013, Guest presenter on the Yiddish Radio broadcast of the Foreign Language Center of Ohio State University on the topic of “Yinglish” music.
- February, 2013, moderated the panel “Transcultural Views of German/Austrian” for the Fifth Annual German Graduate Student Association Conference at Ohio State University.
- Presentation: September, 2012, “Blood on the Tongue: Reading Abjection in the Nationalist Blood Libels from Nazi Germany to Hamas and the British National Party” at American University, Washington D.C.
- Presentation: March, 2012, “A Fearful Valuation: Resentment and the Re-Construction of Religion in American White Nationalism” at the Midwest American Academy of Religion at Augustana College.
- Presentation: November, 2011, “Race Science in the Matrices of Immigration Restriction and Reform” at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science.
- June, 2011—participated in the Futures of American Studies Institute symposium on “State(s) of American Studies” at Dartmouth College with the paper titled “Passing and Rising in Demographic Crisis"
- Presentation: April, 2011, “Of Dark Matter and White Ignorance” at faculty and graduate student conference on ignorance at Ohio State University.
- Presentation: April, 2009, “Becoming the Alien Devil: Satanic Ritual as Id Machine” at the Midwest American Academy of Religion.
- Presentation: April, 2008, “Racial Holy War: The Creativity Movement and The War on Terror” at the Midwest American Academy of Religion.
- Presentation: April, 2006, “White Blood, White Gods: An Assessment of Racialist Paganism in the United States” at the Midwest American Academy of Religion.
Regularly Taught Courses:
- Global Christianities
- Religion & Race
- Religion & Violence
- Religion in Conspiracy Theory
- American Religious Lives