Sophie Bjork-James is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University. She has over ten years’ experience researching both the US-based Religious Right and the white nationalist movements.
She is the author of The Divine Institution: White Evangelicalism’s Politics of the Family (Rutgers University Press, 2021) winner of the Anne Bolin & Gil Herdt Book Prize from the Human Sexuality and Anthropology Interest Group (HSAIG), of the American Anthropological Association. She is the co-editor of Beyond Populism: Angry Politics and the Twilight of Neoliberalism (West Virginia University Press, 2020). She is working on two new book projects. One explores anti-racist strategies challenging the white nationalist movement in the Northwestern United States. The other project explores contemporary pro-life activism and the intersection of abortion politics and environmental politics.
She has appeared on the NBC Nightly News, NPR’s All Things Considered, BBC Radio 4’s Today programs, ABC’s (Australia) Planet America, and in articles in Reuters, the New York Times, USA Today, and Vox.
She is available for media consultation on online white nationalism and evangelical politics; Expert Witness work including Expert Witness Reports; consulting on preventing extremism; and consultations and interviews on hate crimes.