Alex R. Schäfer

Axel R. Schäfer is Professor of American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. Prior to coming to Mainz he was director of the David Bruce Center for American Studies at Keele University in the UK.  In his research, he focuses on U.S. intellectual and cultural history, with a particular emphasis on religion and politics, transatlantic social thought, and public policy. He is the author of three monographs: Piety and Public Funding: Evangelicals and the State in Modern America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012); Countercultural Conservatives: American Evangelicalism from the Postwar Revival to the New Christian Right (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011); and American Progressives and German Social Reform, 1875-1920: Social Ethics, Moral Control, and the Regulatory State in a Transatlantic Context (Franz Steiner Verlag, 2000). In his current book project he examines the nexus between immigration and welfare state-building in the twentieth century. He is also working on collaborative projects that explore the global engagement of American evangelicals in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Axel R. Schäfer’’s talk is part of the Conservatism and Religion Panel on Saturday from 10.00 am- 12.00 pm.