Main interests: American political thought; the intersection of religion and politics in the United States; religion’s role in American political development; political culture of the 19th and 20th centuries; popular constitutionalism; and studies in patriotism and nationalism.

Secondary interests: causes of political polarization; media effects upon political behavior; and political psychology.

Published Articles

Aaron Q. Weinstein, “Onward Townsend Soldiers: Moral Politics and Civil Religion in the Townsend Crusade,” American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture, Vol. 6 (Spring 2017).

Aaron Q. Weinstein, “Civil Religion and the Bush Doctrine of Preemptive War: Revisiting the Civil Religion Hypothesis During the War on Terror,” Journal of Religion & Society Vol. 18 (2016): 1-26.

Yael Shavit, Aaron Q. Weinstein, Zachary Reiss-Davis, and Ross E, Cheit, “Television Newsmagazine Coverage of Child Sexual Abuse: 1990-2005,” Journal of Mass Communication and Journalism, Vol. 4, No. 5 (2014): 1-9.

Conference Presentations and Panels

Poster: “Old-Time (civil) Religion: Recasting The Townsend Movement,” September 2015, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting.

“Onward Townsend Soldiers: The Civil Religion and Moral Politics of the Townsend Movement,” April 2015, New England Political Science Association Annual Meeting.

“Onward Townsend Soldiers: The Civil Religion and Moral Politics of the Townsend Movement,” January 2015, Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting.

“Breaking the Covenant: The Civil Theology of the American Liberty League,” April 2014, New England Political Science Association Annual Meeting.

“Constitutional Fetishism and Political Success in the United States: Why the Liberty League’s Public Appeals Failed and the Tea Party’s Succeeded,” April 2013, New England Political Science Association Annual Meeting.

“Civil Religion and the Bush Doctrine of Preemptive War: Revisiting the Civil Religion Hypothesis During the War on Terror,” April 2012, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting.

Panel Chair: Politics and History: “Where Has Civil Religion Gone?” April 2011, New England Political Science Association Annual Meeting.

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