Melani McAlister 

is a cultural and political historian at George Washington University. She specializes in the history of the US role in the world in the late 20th and 21st centuries, with particular attention to US relations to the Middle East and Africa.

She has recently completed Our God in the World: The Global Visions of American Evangelicals, which explores how US evangelical Christians, white and black, have constructed their understandings of -- and relationships with -- people in the Middle East and Africa.

McAlister appears frequently on television and radio, discussing everything from Trump's election to the role of media in shaping religious belief. She has published in both academic and general interest outlets, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Nation.

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Epic Encounters

Epic Encounters (2005, o. 2001) explores the multiple ways that media and popular culture helped to construct US interests in the Middle East.


Our God in the World

A study of the global visions of American evangelicals since 1960, Our God in the World is forthcoming in 2017. The book explores how US evangelicals have engaged the world -- as missionaries, as activists on foreign policy issues, and as fellow believers -- one part of a rapidly growing global evangelical community.

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Remembering Biafra conference

On April 20-21, 2017, GWU's Institute for African Studies will sponsor "Remembering Biafra," a major international conference to  commemorate the 50th anniversary of the start of the Nigeria-Biafra war.