Gabriel Raeburn

Gabriel Raeburn

Ph.D. Candidate

U.S. History

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.

Gabriel is also working on a side project on radical historians in the United States in the 1970s, particularly Eugene D. Genovese.

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


M.A., Religious Studies and History, University of Pennsylvania (2018)
M.St., U.S. History, University of Oxford (2015)
B.A. with honors, American Studies and Politics, University of Sussex (2014)

Research Interests

American Religious History

Twentieth Century U.S. History

History of Conservatism

Wealth, Race and Inequality 


Courses Taught

Teaching Assistant:
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)


American Academy of Religion 

American Society of Church History

American Historical Association

Organization of American Historians 

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