My scholarly work uses historical, ethnographic, and documentary methods to study Christians and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States.
Co-edited with David C. Kirkpatrick.
In Global Visions of Violence, the editors and contributors argue that violence creates a lens, bridge, and method for interdisciplinary collaboration that examines Christianity worldwide in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. By analyzing the myriad ways violence, persecution, and suffering impact Christians and the imagination of Christian identity globally, this interdisciplinary volume integrates the perspectives of ethicists, historians, anthropologists, and ethnographers to generate new conversations.
Many American Christians have come to understand their relationship to other Christian denominations and traditions through the lens of religious persecution. This book provides a historical account of these developments, showing the global, theological, and political changes that made it possible for contemporary Christians to claim that there is a global war on Christians.
Co-edited with David Dmitri Hurlbut.
A collection of peer-reviewed essays that offer a variety of perspectives on religious conversion in Africa.
Reexamines the first twenty years of the East African revival movement in Uganda, 1935-1955, arguing that through the movement African Christians articulated and developed a unique spiritual lifestyle.
Co-authored with David C. Kirkpatrick
Journal of Ecclesiastical History (2022)
In Volker Benkert and Michael Mayer, eds. Terrortimes, Terrorscapes: Continuities of Space, Time, and Memory in Twentieth-Century War and Genocide (Purdue University Press, forthcoming Sept. 2022).
Journal of Arizona History 62, no. 2 (Summer 2021), 249-269.
Authors: Volker Benkert, Kelly Bitler, Jason Bruner, Lauren McArthur Harris, Kevin McHugh, David Pijawka, Sharon C. Smith, Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, and Marc Vance
The History Teacher 54:2 (2021): 297-335.
Authors: Stephanie F. Reid, Taylor Kessner, Lauren McArthur Harris, Volker Benkert, and Jason Bruner
Religions 11:8 (2020).
Authors: Jason Bruner and David Dmitri Hurlbut
International Bulletin of Mission Research 43:4 (2019): 311-319.
Material Religion 14:3 (2018): 314-338.
Fieldwork in Religion 12:1 (2017): 27-49.