Jul 22, 2016
12:30pm - 2:00pm    |    Wilf 5th Floor Conference Room, 139 MacDougal Street, New York, NY

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Lunch will be provided.

About the Talk

As the most prevalent form of associational life in Sub-Saharan Africa today, churches wield potentially important influence on ordinary citizens and political elites alike. Not surprisingly, human rights organizations have reached out to the leadership of various churches on the continent—particularly to mainline Protestant and Catholic churches—for help in mobilizing against corruption and in advocating for more equal distributions of wealth. But what views about poverty, inequality and corruption are contemporary churches actually communicating to their congregants, and to what effect? The speaker examines new survey, textual, and experimental evidence on these questions from Nairobi, Kenya, a geopolitically important and religiously diverse city where the stakes of addressing poverty, inequality and corruption are high.

 About the Speaker

gwynethtajGwyneth McClendon is a Scholar in Residence at CHRGJ and is a political scientist and assistant professor of Government and Social Studies at Harvard University. Her primary research and teaching interests are religious and ethnic politics, political participation, political psychology and human rights, with a regional focus in Sub-Saharan Africa. She received her Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University and her B.A. in Political Science and Human Rights from Columbia University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of PoliticsComparative Political StudiesAfrican Affairs, the Journal of Experimental Political Science, and Public Opinion Quarterly. She is a member of the academic and policy network, Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP). In Spring 2016, she is a Scholar in Residence at CHRGJ while on sabbatical and will be working on a book-length project about the role of Pentecostal churches vis-à-vis issues of poverty and inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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