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 explores the Prosperity Gospel’s origins and its impact on American culture and politics. In contrast to scholarship on the Religious Right that centers middle-class evangelicals and organizations located on the East and West coasts, Raeburn’s dissertation reorients focus to Pentecostals located in Oklahoma and the surrounding region. He traces Pentecostal institution building across the postwar period, from tent revivals to media empires, to demonstrate how Pentecostals moved from the periphery to the center of evangelicalism. His research brings together political history, material culture, lived religion, and public policy to show how an array of state, religious, and private sector influences constructed the Prosperity Gospel, as well how ideas of race and inequality were critical to its development.

Raeburn also works on the history of radical historians in the United States from the 1960s to the 1980s, particularly Eugene D. Genovese. He recently published an article on Genovese and the radical journal Marxist Perspectives in Modern Intellectual History.

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


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

Spring 2021, Rels 110: American Jesus (Instructor)

Spring 2019, Rels 137: Religion and the Global Future (Teaching Assistant)

Spring 2018, Hist 001: Deciphering America (Teaching Assistant)

Fall 2017, Hist 170: History of the American South (Teaching Assistant)

Fall 2016, Rels 112: Religion from the Civil Right Movement to Black Lives Matter (Teaching Assistant)

Selected Publications

“The Rise and Fall of Marxist Perspectives: Eugene Genovese and the Fight for Hegemony in Radical American Historiography,” Modern Intellectual History (23 March 2021): 1-25.


American Academy of Religion 

American Society of Church History

American Historical Association

Organization of American Historians 

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