Dr. Lydia Bean is available for interviews and speaking appearances on the following topics:

The changing relationship between evangelicals and the Republican party.

  • Conflict between old Christian Right and rival faith leaders over the role of women, environmentalism, climate change, poverty, immigration reform, and relationship to partisan politics.
  • Internal divisions among evangelicals on GLBT issues (e.g., why support for civil unions has grown so rapidly, even among morally traditional evangelicals)
  • U.S. evangelicals in global perspective
  • Religion and politics in Canada. The historical leadership of Canadian evangelicals across the political spectrum (from organized labor and pacifism to pro-life movements and right-wing populism.) 
  • Religion and social policy attitudes, the relationship between moral and economic conservatism.

The Rising American Electorate (youth, unmarried women, Latinos, African-Americans, people of color.)

  • Cultural, demographic and political trends in Texas.
  • Religious identities in the Rising American Electorate: how to engage young Latinos, African-Americans, and women through their faith communities.
  • Multicultural evangelicals in public life (i.e., Latino, Black, Asian-American Christians)
  • Explaining differences in policy attitudes and priorities of white and Latino Catholics. 
  • Tension and cooperation between white evangelicals, Latino evangelicals, and Black Protestants.
  • Engaging unmarried women who are also blue-collar or low-wage workers
  • The need to develop local opinion leaders, embedded in social networks of low-propensity voters.

Religion, Leadership and Public Life

  • Multi-racial leadership development for churches, movements, and nonprofits, multi-ethnic churches.
  • Religious movements for immigration reform, criminal justice reform, addressing domestic poverty, climate change and creation care.
  • The power of lay leaders as mobilizers and political opinion leaders (e.g, Sunday School teachers).
  • Models of social change with distinctively religious origins (e.g., faith-rooted organizing, Catholic social teaching.)

Racialized politics of crime and immigration

  • Racial disparities in punishment, concentrated disadvantage, mass incarceration
  • Regional criminal justice politics, efforts to scale down incarceration (e.g. Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi)
  • Events that highlight racial injustice, the white/black perception gap on gun control and criminal justice issues (e.g., Jena 6 case)