About Marcia Pally


Professor Marcia Pally teaches at New York University and held the Mercator Guest Professorship in the theology department at Humboldt University-Berlin, where she is an annual guest professor and member of the Center for Interreligious Theology and Religious Studies and the Berlin Institute for Public Theology. In 2019-2020 she was a Fellow at The Center for Theological Inquiry (Princeton). Her research interests are culture, religion, and politics as well as the intersection of culture and language. She is the author of several books in each area,  including:

White Evangelicals and Right-wing Populism: HOW DID WE GET HERE? (Routledge, 2022)

From This Broken Hill I Sing to You: God, Sex, and Politics in the Work of Leonard Cohen (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021).

Commonwealth and Covenant: Economics, Politics, and Theologies of Relationality (2016) nominated for a Grawemeyer Award in Religion and selected by the U.N. Committee on Education for Justice for  worldwide distribution.

Mimesis and Sacrifice (2019, Ed.) a look at how notions of sacrifice are used in contemporary life, from the military and business to gender relations and politics.

The New Evangelicals: Expanding the Vision of the Common Good  (2011) a brief history of American evangelicalism and in-depth interviews with evangelicals who have left the right.

Prof. Pally was twice a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study-Berlin and spoke at the World Economic Forum in 2010. She has been awarded many grants, including from the German Research Foundation,* the German Academic Exchange Service, among others.

Prof. Pally has given talks and lectures at wide range of universities and professional associations, among, them Oxford University; the Center for Theological Inquiry (Princeton); Institut d’études européennes et internationales du Luxembourg; John F. Kennedy School for North American Studies, Free University-Berlin; Centre of Theology and Philosophy, The Cato Institute; Hebrew Union College, among many others.

Prof. Pally is on the board of the Telos Institute, in addition to other advisory positions.

In addition to her academic work, Prof. Pally has been a columnist and contributor to U.S. and European periodicals, writing for Religion News Service, Religion and Ethics, Commonweal, Political Theology Network, The Guardian, The New York Times, Telos journal, Internationale Politik (German Council on Foreign Relations), die Zeit, Südduetsche Zeitung, Tageszeitung, and Frankfurter Rundschau, among other periodicals

*The German Research Foundation is roughly the equivalent of the U.S. National Institutes for the Humanities.