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Nancy Wadsworth

  • Nancy Wadsworth

    Nancy Wadsworth

Associate Professor
Sturm Hall, Room 467
Fall 2015 Office Hours: TR, 10:30am-12:30pm
Phone: 303-871-2972
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Areas of expertise/research interests

  • American political culture
  • social movements
  • politics of race and religion
  • political theory
  • American populism
  • zombies in popular culture
  • reconciliation and forgiveness processes.

Professional biography

Nancy Wadsworth teaches a variety of courses at DU, including Early Modern and Contemporary Political Theory, American Political Thought and Development, Social Movements and Grassroots Activism, American Religious Politics, Indigenous People's Politics, and Political Forgiveness.

She was a Carnegie Mellon post-doctoral teaching fellow at Cornell University from 2001-2003. She also taught at Eugene Lang College, and at the University of Colorado at Boulder, before coming to the University of Denver in 2004.

Dr. Wadsworth also worked in the nonprofit field of sexual assault prevention for several years.


MA and PhD, Political Science, New School for Social Research, 1993 - 2001
BA, Women's Studies and Social Theory, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1991


Nancy Wadsworth has written a variety of analyses for public outlets including The Monkey Cage (Washington Post), The Denver Post, The Pacific Standard, Political Theology, and The Western Political Science Association.

"Awakening the Civic Dead: Political Mobilization of the Zombie in Real Time," The Popular Culture Studies Journal, Special Issue on Monsters and Monstrosity, Ed. Bernadette Calafell, Vol 6 (2-3), 2018.

"Zombie Pedagogy for Millennials," Radical Teacher, forthcoming, 2017.

"Are We the Walking Dead? Zombie Apocalypse as Liberatory Art" New Political Science, 2016 38:4, pp. 561-81

"Unsettling Lessons: Teaching Indigenous Politics and Settler Colonialism in Political Science," PS: Political Science & Politics, July 2015, pp. 692-7.

"Of Millstones and Milestones: Intersections of Race and Religion in the 2012 Election," in Luis Leon and Gary Laderman, Eds., Religion and American Cultures Encyclopedia, ABC-CIO Press, 2014.

Ambivalent Miracles: Evangelical and the Politics of Racial Healing, University of Virginia Press, 2014

Faith and Race in American Political Life , Co-editor, University of Virginia Press, 2012

"Fractured Believers: Race and Religion as Intersectional Aspects of United States Political Development" in Race and U.S. Political Development, Joseph Lowndes (University of Oregon), Julie Novkov (SUNY Albany), and Dorian Warren (Columbia University), Editors. Routledge Press, pp. 312-336.

"Religious Race-Bridging: Racial Change Efforts Among Conservative Evangelicals," in Robin Jacobson and Nancy Wadsworth, Eds., Faith and Race in American Political Life, University of Virginia Press.

"Intersectionality in California's Same-Sex Battles: A Complex Proposition," Political Research Quarterly 64 (1), pp. 200-216. Mini-Symposium on Intersectionality.

"Bridging Racial Change: Political Orientations in the Multiracial Church Building Movement," Religion & Politics 3 (3), pp. 439-468.

"Race-ing Faith and Fate: The Jeremiad in Multiracial 'Moral Values' Alliances," Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Perspectives, Volume 1, Issue 2, Kirwan Institute, Ohio State University, pp. 313-341.