Dr. Molly Worthen

Dr. Molly Worthen is an assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on North American religious and intellectual history, particularly the ideas and culture of conservative Christianity. Her most recent book, Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism, examines American Evangelical intellectual life since 1945.

Dr. Worthen teaches courses in global Christianity, North American religious and intellectual culture, and the history of politics and ideology. In 2017 she received the Manekin Family Award for Teaching Excellence in Honors Carolina. She is also a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and has written about religion and politics for the New Yorker, Slate, the American Prospect, Foreign Policy, and other publications.

Worthen earned her Ph.D. in American Religious History from Yale University.