Sam Herrmann

Sam Herrmann

PhD Student


231 Cohen

Sam Herrmann is a doctoral student in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Broadly speaking, Sam is interested in the complex relationship between American religion, political economy, and the family in the twentieth century. His research focuses on the production of evangelical media markets for adolescents in the 1950s and 1960s and how it shaped the political and economic goals that came to characterize conservative Evangelical politics in the 1970s and onwards.


Before coming to Penn, Sam received a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago. 



BA, Liberty University

MA, University of Chicago

Research Interests

Gender and sexuality


Affect Theory

Race, Capitalism, and US institutional power

Research Areas
American Religions
Childhood, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Politics and Publics