Associate Professor
Series Editor, Columbia University Press
LeConte Hall

Bethany Moreton is the author of To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise (Harvard University Press, 2009), which won the 2010 Frederick Jackson Tuner Prize for Best First Book in American History from the Organization of American Historians and the 2010 John Hope Franklin Award for the Best Book in American Studies from the American Studies Association. The book's royalties support Interfaith Worker Justice and its local affiliate, the Economic Justice Coalition. A Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, she was named the 2009 Emerging Scholar by the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan and has been a visiting scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Harvard Divinity School. She has published ten peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the intersections between religion and economics and is a series editor for the Columbia University Press's Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism. Her research is supported this year by a Kingdon Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanitites at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; current projects include a manuscript in preparation on transnational Catholicism and post-industrial work; Devotions and Desires: Religion and Sexuality in the Twentieth-Century United States (with co-editors Gill Frank and Heather White) ; and Jesus Saves: Christians in the Age of Debt. She serves on the advisory board of the Open Society Foundations' initiative on the future of work and on the organizing collective of the Tepoztlan Institute for Transnational History of the Americas (in Mexico). She is a founding faculty member of Freedom University for Georgia students banned from the state's public universities.

Honors and Grants: 

  • Kingdon Fellowship, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014-2015
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians, 2012-2015
  • Research Fellowship in Women's Studies in Religion, Harvard Divinity School, 2010-2011
  • Top Young Historian, History News Network, 2010
  • Frederick Jackson Turner Prize, Organization of American Historians, Best First Book in American History, 2010
  • John Hope Franklin Prize, American Studies Association, Best book in American Studies published in 2009, 2010
  • Emerging Scholar's Prize, Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan, 2009
  • C. Vann Woodward Prize for Best Dissertation, Southern Historical Association, 2007
  • Theron Rockwell Field Prize, Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, for poetic, literary, or religious scholarship, 2007
  • Herman E. Krooss Prize, Business History Conference, for best dissertation in business history, 2007
  • Kochan-Sleigh Best Dissertation Award, Labor and Employment Relations Association, 2007
  • Junior Faculty Fellowship, Willson Center for the Humanities, University of Georgia, for fall semester 2009
  • Visiting Scholar Fellowship, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2006-2007
  • Charlotte F. Newcombe Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 2005-2006
  • Dissertation Fellowship for the Study of American Religion, Louisville Institute, 2004-2005
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Program on Philanthropy and the Non-Profit Sector Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, 2004
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Program on the Corporation as a Social Institution Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, 2003
  • Myrna F. Bernath Fellowship Award, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, 2003
  • Dissertation Research Grant, Yale Center for International and Area Studies, 2003
  • Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale Summer Travel Grant, Yale Center for International and Area Studies, 2003
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship (Spanish), U.S. Department of Education, 2003
  • Chandler Traveling Fellowship, Harvard Business School, Harvard University, 2003
  • Mellon Research Seminar Fellowship in Women’s and Gender History, Schlesinger Library, Harvard University, 2002
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