Eric L. McDaniel

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and an affiliate of the Department of Religious Studies and the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies.


I specialize in the study of political behavior, with an emphasis on racial and ethnic politics, and religion and politics. My  book, “Politics in the Pews: The Political Mobilization of Black Churches,” provides a discussion of how Black religious institutions choose to become involved in politics. The book combines both qualitative and quantitative data to analyze the various factors that lead to church based political activism.


My current research focuses on the interaction of race and religion. Specifically, I am concerned with how religious interpretations, such as the Social Gospel, Prosperity Gospel, and Black Liberation Theology shape public opinion.


I am also interested in issues related to national pride and national identity. Along with Irfan Nooruddin and Allyson Shortle, I have begun examining how the various forms of national pride and identity influence attitudes in regards to immigration, citizenship and foreign policy. The first publication from this research was published in American Politics Research.


Most recently, I have begun working with Taeku Lee and Alex Street on a project that examines public support for government intervention in health crises.


Areas of Study: Political Behavior, Racial and Ethnic Politics, Religion and Politics, National Identity, Health Policy, and Collective Action

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