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Lindsay '06 to discuss evangelicals and the American elite, March 4

Mar 4, 2008 (All day)
Robertson Hall
Bowl 016
Open to the Public

D. Michael Lindsay '06, an assistant professor of Sociology at Rice University, will present a public talk at the Woodrow Wilson School titled, "Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite," at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus.

Michael Lindsay is a sociologist who specializes in issues surrounding leadership, religion, and culture. The author of several books, scholarly articles and research reports, Lindsay has recently completed the nation’s largest and most comprehensive study of public leaders who are people of faith.

In 2006 he joined the faculty of Rice University, where is also assistant director of the Center on Race, Religion, and Urban Life. Previously, he was the Harold W. Dodds Fellow and a National Science Foundation Gradate Fellow in the department of sociology at Princeton University. He also served as the consultant for religion and culture at The George H. Gallup International Institute. Lindsay’s work has garnered multiple awards, including top honors from two international scholarly societies.

His most recent book is Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007). In the book, Lindsay discusses how Evangelicals, once at the periphery of American life, now wield power in the White House and on Wall Street, at Harvard and in Hollywood. The author draws on personal interviews with an array of prominent Americans--including two former Presidents, dozens of political and government leaders, more than 100 top business executives, plus Hollywood moguls, intellectuals, athletes, and other powerful figures—and shows first-hand how they are bringing their vision of moral leadership into the public square.

This event is cosponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for the Study for Religion. It is part of the ongoing “Crossroads of Religion and Politics” series and is free and open to the public.


Michael Lindsay, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Rice University