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I earned my PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2013 and am now an Assistant Professor of Global Christianity at Arizona State University. I am a scholar of religious history with a particular interest in the history of Christian missions and the growth of Christianity in Africa and Asia in the 19th and 20th centuries. I am intrigued by the religious and cultural exchanges between European missionaries and those who converted, with a focus upon reciprocity and the agency of non-Westerners, themes which I explored in two recent book chapters: "Fishers of Men and Hunters of Lion," in K. Jones and G. Macola, eds., A Cultural History of Firearms (Ashgate, 2013); and "British Mission and Missionaries in the High Imperial Era: An Introduction," in R. Aldrich and K. McKenzie, eds. The Routledge History of Western Empires (Routledge, 2014).

I am engaged currently in writing a book on the history of the East African (Balokole) Revival in Uganda from the early 1930s to the early 1950s. While the revival was a conversionary movement that proclaimed a Christian message of salvation, this project examines the ways in which salvation was not simply a personal, eternal aspiration for the Balokole, but rather a comprehensive way of life.  This book will illuminate the many ways in which the revival created a new lifestyle for those who converted through its message, which had profound impacts upon revivalists' understanding of themselves and how they ought to relate to their families, communities, societies, and nations.

In addition to scholarly journal articles and book chapters, my writing has appeared in the Marginalia Review of Books, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Global Post, Religion Dispatches, Religion & Politics, and Sacred Matters. I was also interviewed for a story on the Catholic Church and marriage on KJZZ, a regional NPR affiliate.

A short profile of me appeared recently in ASU's State Press.

I also was interviewed on 12 News (Phoenix NBC affiliate) on April 3rd and April 6th, 2015.

Selected Journal Articles

"'The testimony must begin in the home': Families and the Life of Salvation in the East African Revival." Journal of Religion in Africa (forthcoming).

"The Cambridge Seven, Late Victorian Culture, and the Chinese Frontier." Social Science and Missions 27:1 (2014).

"Public Confession and the Moral Universe of the East African Revival." Studies in World Christianity 18:3 (2012).

 

Recent Conference Presentations

"Coming from the Outside: Why did Uganda want to 'kill the gays'?" American Society of Church History/American Historical Association. January 2015.

"Migration, Integration, and the Fellowship Networks of the East African Revival." American Society of Church History/Ecclesiastical Historical Society. Oxford, UK 3-5 April 2014.

"Dissenting Discourse in Late Colonial Uganda." Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies. Riverside, CA. 7-9 March 2014.

Research Interests

History of Christianity

Anthropology of Christianity

Religion in Africa

History of Global Christianity

European Imperialism

Christian Missionary Movement

Evangelicalism

Courses

Spring 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
REL 270 Introduction to Christianity
REL 371 New Testament
REL 592 Research
REL 599 Thesis

Fall 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
REL 203 Saints/Sins-Explore Sacred Bio
REL 207 Ritual, Symbol, and Myth

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
REL 207 Ritual, Symbol, and Myth
REL 494 Special Topics
REL 691 Seminar

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
REL 270 Introduction to Christianity
REL 372 Formation/Christian Tradition

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Jason Bruner. Uganda's President Will Sign Anti-Gay Bill. How Did the Nation Get to this Point?. Religion & Politics (2014).

  2. Jason Bruner (lead author, 90%), Ryan Linde. Eusebius and the Global War on Christians. Sacred Matters (2014).

  3. Book chapter: Jason Bruner. British Missions and Missionaries in the High Imperial Era, c. 1857–1914. The Routledge History of Western Empires. Routledge (2013).

  4. Book chapter: Jason Bruner. Fishers of Men and Hunters of Lion: British Missionaries and Big Game Hunting in Colonial Africa. A Cultural History of Firearms in the Age of Empire. Ashgate (2013).

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Presentations

  1. Jason Bruner, Volker Benkert, Lauren Harris Digital Futures for Humanities Research, A Roundtable. Institute for Humanities Research, Faculty Seminar Series. (Oct 2014).
  2. Jason Bruner The testimony must begin in the home: Re-Making Families in the East African Revival. Yale-Edinburgh Group Annual Meeting. (Jun 2014).
  3. Jason Bruner Migration, Integration, and the Fellowship Networks of the East African Revival. American Society of Church History/Ecclesiastical Historical Society. (Apr 2014).

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