Geraldine R. Segal Professor in American Social Thought
Anthea Butler, Professor of Religious Studies, is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor in American Social Thought. Butler is a widely-recognized historian of American religion and an expert on African American religion, evangelicalism, and Pentecostalism. Her research combines the archive-driven historical study of evangelical Christianity with the study of race and religion, gender and religion, and religion, media and politics. Her books include White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America, published in 2021, and Women in the Church of God in Christ. Butler is Chair of Penn’s Department of Religious Studies and President-Elect of the American Society for Church History. She is an opinion columnist for MSNBC Daily, and is a sought-after commentator on the BBC, MSNBC, CNN, The History Channel, and PBS.
About the Donor
The late Bernard G. Segal, C’28, L’31, HON’69, and Geraldine R. Segal, ED'30, GR'78 established the Geraldine R. Segal Professorship in American Social Thought in 1978.