Assistant Professor of Religion

Contact Info

Office: Cleveland Hall 215

Phone: 540.568.6394

Fax: 540.568.8072



PhD, University of Edinburgh



Dr. Kirkpatrick is a scholar of religion and politics working at the intersection of the United States and Latin
America. Prior to JMU, he was the T. Gannon Postdoctoral Associate in American Religious History at Florida State University (2016-2018) and Teaching Fellow in World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh (2015-2016). He is the author of A Gospel for the Poor: Global Social Christianity and the Latin American Evangelical Left (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019). His most recent research also appears in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Oxford Encyclopedia of American Religion, Journal of World Christianity, and Journal of Ecclesiastical History. Dr. Kirkpatrick currently serves on the steering committee of the AAR World Christianity Unit and the Council of the American Society of Church History.



At James Madison University, Dr. Kirkpatrick teaches a variety of courses in global philosophy and religious studies, civil rights movements, and religion in the Americas. In the classroom, he opens up conversations on migration, politics, race and ethnicity, labor, biblical interpretation, and social movements. His teaching philosophy flows from a conviction that the classroom should be more than a data transfer station. Rather, it should be a learning community, where students are valued and challenged, while exchanging diverse opinions, experiences, and cultural backgrounds.


Selected Publications:

2019. “Reforming Fundamentalism in Latin America: Power, Politics and Paternalism in Univeridad Bíblica Latinoamericana.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, vol. 87, no. 1 (March): 122-155.

2019. A Gospel for the Poor: Global Social Christianity and the Latin American Evangelical Left. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

2018. “American Protestant Foreign Missions after World War II” in Oxford Encyclopedia of American Religion, 25-37. Edited by John Corrigan (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018).

2017. “Freedom from Fundamentalism: The Surprising Influence of Christian Brethrenism on the Rise of Latin American Social Christianity,” The Journal of World Christianity (Penn State University Press), Vol. 7, no. 2 (2017): 211-233. 

2017. “Parachurch Competition in the Latin American Religious Marketplace: Scriptural Inerrancy and the Reshaping of Global Protestant Evangelicalism,” inRelocating World Christianity:  Interdisciplinary Studies in Universal and Local Expressions of Christianity, p. 93-112. Edited by Joel Cabrita, David Maxwell, and Emma Wild-Wood.  Leiden: Brill, 2017.  

2016.  “C. René Padilla and the Origins of Integral Mission in Post-War Latin America.”  Journal of Ecclesiastical History (Cambridge University Press)Vol. 67, No. 2 (April): 351-371.

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