Professor Darren Dochuk

Professor Darren Dochuk

University of Norte Dame


  • Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Notre Dame, July 2015 to Present
  • Associate Professor, John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics and Department of History, Washington University in St. Louis, July 2012 to June 2015
  • Bill & Rita Clements Senior Research Fellow, Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University, January to May 2013
  • Associate Professor, History, Purdue University, August 2005 to 2012
  • Visiting Associate Research Scholar, Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University, 2007 to 2008
  • Lilly Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in History and the Humanities, Valparaiso University, 2004 to 2005


  • PhD, History, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, 2005
  • MA, History, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, 1998
  • BA, First Class Honors, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, 1995


  • Organization of American Historians China Residency Awardee, Awarded by the Organization of American Historians International Committee and the American History Research Association of China, 2014
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians, 2013-2016
  • Winner, Ellis W. Hawley Prize, 2012, Awarded annually by the Organization of American Historians for the best book in post-Civil War U.S. political history
  • Winner, John H. Dunning Prize, 2011, Awarded biennially by the American Historical Association for the best book by a recent historian on any subject pertaining to the history of the United States
  • College of Liberal Arts Achievement Award, Purdue University, 2008, Awarded by College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University, for outstanding accomplishments in research and writing
  • Winner, Allan Nevins Dissertation Prize, 2006, Awarded by the Society of American Historians for best-written Ph.D. dissertation on a major theme in American history
  • Runner-Up, W. Turrentine Jackson Dissertation Prize, 2006, Awarded by the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association for one of the most outstanding Ph.D. dissertations on the history of the American West in the twentieth century
Dochuk's research deals primarily with the United States in the long twentieth century, with emphasis on the intersections of religion, politics, and culture in national life. He teaches courses that span the entire post-Civil War period but focus particularly on post-1890 developments. He also offers thematic courses on U.S. religious history, political history, American society in the 1960s, 1970s, and the Cold War period, and the history of energy in American life.
Dochuk has written widely on modern U.S. history. His most recent book is Anointed With Oil: How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America (Basic Books, 2019). He is also the author of From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism (Norton, 2011), winner of the Allan Nevins Prize from the Society of American Historians (awarded for dissertation manuscript), John H. Dunning Prize from the American Historical Association, and Ellis Hawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians. He has edited and co-edited several books, including Beyond the Culture Wars: Recasting Religion and Politics in the 20th Century United States (forthcoming, University of Notre Dame Press), The Routledge History of the Twentieth-Century United States (Routledge Press, 2018), God’s Businessmen: Entrepreneurial Evangelicals in Depression and War (University of Chicago Press, 2017), Faith in the New Millennium: The Future of Religion and American Politics (Oxford University Press, 2016), American Evangelicalism: George Marsden and the State of American Religious History (University of Notre Dame Press, 2014), and Sunbelt Rising: The Politics of Space, Place, and Region (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011).
Dochuk is continuing to explore connections between religion, politics, energy, and environment in North American as well as global contexts. His research has been supported by several agencies, including the American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Philosophical Society, Rockefeller Foundation, and Canadian government.

My Courses

Cold War

by Professor Darren Dochuk

Why we love teaching history
Q: Why do you love teaching religion and politics?

A: I love teaching the history of religion and politics in America because there is no better way to shed light the confusing culture wars of our own time. Plus, this history lets us explore the spiritual practices and philosophies that different Americans have used to impose some kind of order on the chaos of life—and I think its our passion for ideas, for sweeping theories about good and evil and the meaning of existence, that make us human.
Professor Molly Worthen

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Q: Why do you love teaching national defense?

A: I am first and foremost a historian, but I also like for students to see how much the past is constantly influencing what we do in the present. This is true in many aspects of our past (and present), but it is often strikingly visible in national defense and security issues. In one sense, I’m using the students’ awareness of and interest in the present to awaken an interest in the past.
Professor Watne Lee

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill