Hannah Waits

Academic Appointments

2021-22 Cindy and David Edelson 1981 Postdoctoral Fellow

Hannah Waits is a historian specializing in transnational politics, race, sex, and religion from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Her book manuscript, The Missionary Majority: American Evangelicals and Power in a Postcolonial World, shows how global missionary work by millions of Americans shaped the conservative resurgence in American society since the mid-twentieth century. Drawing on never-before-seen sources from the internal archives of some of the largest US missionary organizations (some of the world's biggest NGOs), the book demonstrates that missionary networks created transnational feedback loops through which American evangelicals took lessons from their international activism and applied them to political and cultural battles in the United States. An article based on this research is forthcoming in the journal Diplomatic History, and the dissertation from which the book manuscript stems won the 2020 Obama Dissertation Prize in Transnational American Studies.

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  • B.A. University of Georgia
  • Ph.D. UC Berkeley