Wild Experiment (Duke University Press, 2022)

Wild Experiment: Feeling Science and Secularism After Darwin

Duke University Press, 2022

The Evolution of Affect Theory: The Humanities, the Sciences, and the Study of Power

Cambridge University Press, 2019
Part of the Cambridge Elements Series Histories of Emotions and the Senses.

Religious Affects (Duke University Press, 2015)

Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power

Duke University Press, 2015


Syndicate Network Symposium on Religious Affects

Editor: Jonathan Russell. Featuring Pamela Klassen, Devin Singh, Christopher Carter, Yasemin Ural, Jason Blum, Syndicate Network

Angels or Animals? Remixing Religion and Evolution with Affect Theory

Beatrice Marovich, Marginalia Review of Books

Donovan Schaefer’s Call For a Materialist Turn In Religious Theory

Jonathan Russell, Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory

The Word of Dog

Jonathan Benthall, Times Literary Supplement

Power Feels Before It Thinks: A Review of Religious Affects

Eleonora Adorni, Relations

Religious Animals and Animal Gods

Beatrice Marovich, Humanimalia

Review of Religious Affects

Abigail Kluchin, Journal of the American Academy of Religion

On the Side of the Apes

Kyle Byron, Cultural Studies

Review of Religious Affects

Lucas Scott Wright, Critical Research on Religion

Review of Religious Affects

Emma Rifai, Material Religion

Review of Religious Affects

Pooyan Tamimi Arab, Reading Religion

Review of Religious Affects

Alexander Cox-Twardowski, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture

Review of Religious Affects

S. Jonathon O’Donnell, Journal of the British Association for the Study of Religion

Review of Religious Affects

Matthew Sheedy, Religious Studies Review

Review of Religious Affects

Staci Poston Conner, Affectsphere

Review of Religious Affects

Michael Grisham, Animal Studies Journal


Visions of Contempt: Emotion and the Visual Culture of the Scopes Trial

Material Religion 18.2 DOI 10.1080/17432200.2022.2048604

Rationalist Nostalgia: A Critical Response to Ruth Leys’ The Ascent of Affect

Capacious 2.4 DOI 10.22387/CAP2022.58


Darwin’s Orchids: Evolution, Natural Law, and the Diversity of Desire

GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 27.4 DOI 10.1215/10642684-9316824

The Territories of Thinking and Feeling: Rethinking Religion, Science, and Reason with Alister McGrath

Zygon 56.4 DOI 10.1111/zygo.12766


Whiteness and Civilization: Shame, Race, and the Rhetoric of Donald Trump

Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 17.1 DOI 10.1080/14791420.2019.1667503

Talal Asad’s Challenge to Religious Studies

Religion and Society 11.1 DOI 10.3167/arrs.2020.110102


The Secular Twist: Nonreligion and the World Religions Classroom

Implicit Religion 22.1 DOI 10.1558/imre.40123

The Animality of Affect: Religion, Emotion, and Power

Religion, Emotion, Sensation: Affect Theories and Theologies. Bray, Karen, and Stephen Moore, ed. Fordham University Press, 19-37.


Precopulatory Sexual Cannibalism and Other Accidents: Evolution, Material Trans Theory, and Natural Law

Gender and Sexuality 19.1: 28-35.

Beautiful Facts: Science, Secularism, and Affect

Feeling Religion. Corrigan, John, ed. Duke University Press, 69-91.


Animal Politics: Species, Evolution, and Religious Affects

Bulletin for the Study of Religion 46(3-4): 40-45.

You Don’t Know What Pain Is: Affect, the Lifeworld, and Animal Ethics

Studies in Christian Ethics 30(1): 15-29.

The Science of Life

The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century Christian Thought. Rasmussen, Joel, Judith Wolfe, & Johannes Zachhuber, ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 89-107.


The Fault in Us: Ethics, Infinity, and Celestial Bodies

Zygon (Sept 2016) 51(3): 783-796.

Heavenbeast: A New Materialist Approach to Ulysses

Angelaki (2016) 21(2): 119-137. DOI: 10.1080/0969725X.2016.1182732


Blessed, Precious Mistakes: Evolution, Deconstruction, and the American New Atheism

International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (2014) 76: 75-94. DOI: 10.1007/s11153-014-9446-5

Embodied Disbelief: Poststructural Feminist Atheism

Hypatia 29(2): 371-387. DOI: 10.1111/hypa.12039


Do Animals Have Religion? Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Religion and Embodiment

Anthrozoös, Vol. 25, 25th Anniversary Supplemental Issue


Buying into Conspiracy Theories Can Be Exciting – That’s What Makes Them Dangerous

The Conversation, July 2022

Feeling Science, Thinking Religion

International Society for Science and Religion blog, September 2022

Hiding in Horror: Feeling and Believing Climate Science

Counterpoint: Navigating Knowledge, July 2022

Secular Rationality/Secular Affects

Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network blog, August 2022


How Do Words Work? (A Response to Craig Martin’s Discourse and Ideology: A Critique of the Study of Culture)

The Religious Studies Project, December 2021


Affect (A Universe of Terms)

The Immanent Frame, April 2020


The Face of the Sovereign: Affect Theory and Political Theology

Political Theology Network, February 2019

Credulity, or Science as an Intoxication

The Immanent Frame, February 2019

The Codex of Feeling: Affect Theory and Ancient Texts

Ancient Jew Review, January 2019


Material Mourning in the Secular Sculpture Garden

The Immanent Frame, March 2018


The Modern Mosaic of Science and Religion

Marginalia Review of Books, Sept. 2016


How Not to Do What We Always Do: A Review of Hector A. Garcia’s Alpha God

The Revealer, Oct. 2015


Our Peculiar Institution: 12 Years a Slave, American Protestantism, and the Erotics of Racism

Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 43(1)


The Promise of Affect

Theory & Event, 16(2)


On Dictionaryism: The Good News and Maledictions of Religious Literacy

Review of Stephen Prothero’s God Is Not One, Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 40(2)


The Shape of the Field: Bruce Lincoln’s Discourse and the Construction of Society

Council of Societies for the Study of Religion


Material Secularisms

Collection of student reflections on the Material Secularisms workshop


The Monograph as Laboratory

The Philosophers’ Cocoon blog


Ideology Becomes an Addiction

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog


Affect Theory Is an Animalism (with “Becoming-Animal” by Maya Pindyck)

WTF Affect

Writing Space Interviews: Donovan Schaefer

WTF Affect

The Shared Fantasy of Redemptive Violence between ISIS and the Islamophobic Right

Religion Dispatches

Smelling the Sacred: Better (Lived) Religion through Chemistry

Religion Dispatches

Trump’s Evangelical Support in the Gut, Not the Theology

Religion Dispatches

Laying it All Out: On Moving from Dissertation to Book

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog


Did Pope Francis Just Change the Course of the Science-Religion Dialogue?

Religion Dispatches


Religion as Little Something: Kathleen Stewart’s Ordinary Affects

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog

Defining Postsecularism: A Response

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog

Partisan Science: Evolution and Creationism in Postsecular American Politics

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog

The War on Christmas, Affect, and the Closet of Disbelief: Postsecular Atheisms, Part 1

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog

Post-Atheism and Deconstruction: Postsecular Atheisms, Part 2

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog

Blackfish: The Misbehavior of Compassion: Embodied Ethics, Part 2

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog


On the Muslim Question: White Atheism and Islamophobia, Part 1

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog

Bill Maher and the Bowl of Common Sense: White Atheism and Islamophobia, Part 2

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog

I Know Exactly What That Is: White Atheism and Islamophobia, Part 3

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog

Casual Apocalypticism: Conspiracy Theory, Masculinity, and American Religion

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog

Independence Day: American Christianity and Why American Liberals Aren’t Liberal

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog

An Institution Is Not a Text: Pope Francis, Affect, and Power

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog

“I Like When They Stay Standing Up”: Embodied Ethics, Part 1

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog

Theses on Guns, Apocalypticism, and American Religion

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog


Blessed Are the Merciful: Religion, Power, and Pussy Riot

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog

Religion and Cartoons: Nina Paley, Durkheim, Politics

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog

Profile Me: The Confederate Flag, Shame, and White Male Terror

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog

Religion as Foreign Policy: The Russian Orthodox Church, Syria, and the Christian Community

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog

A Separation: Religion, Class Secularism

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog


60-Second Lecture: Feeling Is Believing

Public lecture at University of Pennsylvania


Religious Animal Bodies: Notes on an Affect Theory of Religion

Public Zoom lecture and discussion with Prof. John Thatamanil at Union Theological Seminary


New Directions in Religion and the Science of Life

Introductory remarks to the Religion, Society, and the Science of Life conference, University of Oxford


Dad Wanted a Boy: Gender, Embodiment, and Transcendence in Gravity and 2001

American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting


Using Affect Theory to Think about Islamophobia

American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting


Podcast: Knowledge, Feeling, and Belief

Interview with Charlie McCrary, Tracy Fessenden, and John Carlson for the “Recovering Truth” Podcast

Why Are There So Many Conspiracy Theories Out There?

Interview with CJAD Montreal

Q&A with Author Donovan O. Schaefer

Interview with Jessica Covil-Manset for the Duke University Press Blog

What Role Do Feelings Play in Conspiracy, Racism, and Climate Denial?

Interview with Megan Goodwin for Religion Dispatches

Cognition Feels

Interview with Omnia Magazine (Penn Arts and Sciences)

Atheists, Social Media, and American Politics

Interviewing Chris Stedman for The Revealer


Podcast: Facts vs. Feelings

Interview for Fear and Loathing in Science podcast

Podcast: Affect Theory and Religion

Interview with Brian Carwana for The Classical Ideas Podcast

Podcast: Affect Theory, Veganism, Species, and Race

Interview with Shea Watts for CreatureKind’s “Let’s Dish” podcast


Debating Religion: Science, Religion, and Reductionism

Interview with Jessica Frazier at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies


Chimpanzees: Spiritual but Not Religious?

Interview with Barbara King in The Atlantic

Is Secularism a World Religion?

Interview with Christopher Cotter for the Religious Studies Project podcast

Nature’s Weirdest Events

Television interview for Series 5, Episode 2, BBC Two

Trauma Makes You

Interview with Nathan Rein and Matthew Sheedy in the Bulletin for the Study of Religion 45(2)

Religious Affects

Interview with Sarx on religious approaches to animal welfare

In the Beginning Was Not the Word

Interview with Andrew Aghapour and Michael Schulson for Religion Dispatches

An Interview with Donovan Schaefer on Religious Affects

Interview with Christian von Scheve of the Freie Universitat Berlin’s Affective Societies Collaborative Research Centre

Religious Affects Interview Part I

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog

Religious Affects Interview Part II

Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog

Interview with the Author: Religious Affects



Better Get to Know the Religion, Affect, and Emotion Group

Interview with Ipsita Chatterjea on the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog

The Role of Emotion in Religion

WUNC public radio interview with John Corrigan and Sarah Ross

Science, Religion, Secularity, Emotion, and More

Podcast interview with the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge


US Passion for Guns Survives Newtown Shooting

Voice of America interview with Jerome Socolowski