Gabriel Raeburn

PhD Candidate


Gabriel Raeburn is a Ph.D. candidate in Religious Studies and History, working at the intersection of religion and politics, and the histories of race, inequality and evangelicalism in the United States throughout the twentieth century. His dissertation challenges prevailing narratives on the rise of the Religious Right, by focusing on Pentecostals and charismatics, predominantly located in Oklahoma and the South-West. Throughout the postwar period, these religious actors built, developed and spread the Prosperity Gospel, transforming American religion and politics in the process. His research demonstrates that conceptions of race and desegregation battles were critical to the development of the prosperity movement. 



2018                M.A., Religious Studies and History, University of Pennsylvania

2015                M.St., U.S. History, University of Oxford

2014                B.A. with honors, American Studies and Politics, University of Sussex

Research Interests

Religion and Politics

Religious Right


Prosperity and Healing

Wealth and Inequality

Research Areas
American Religions
Material and Visual Culture
Politics and Publics
Courses Taught

Rels 137: Religion and the Global Future (Spring 2019)
Hist 001: Deciphering America (Spring 2018)
Hist 170: History of the American South (Fall 2017)
Rels 112: Religion from the Civil Right Movement to Black Lives Matter (Fall 2016)

Work in Progress

Dissertation Title: Preaching Prosperity: Pentecostals and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism, 1946 - 1988

Committee: Anthea Butler (advisor); Sarah Barringer Gordon; Brent Cebul; Kevin M. Kruse (Princeton)


American Academy of Religion

American Society of Church History

American Historical Association

Organization of American Historians 

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