School of Religion

Matthew Dougherty

Baker Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Dougherty works on religion and politics in North America. He is interested in the role that religious emotions play in colonialism, racial systems, and relationships to the land. His current research shows how the "Jewish Indian theory" -- that is, the idea that Indigenous peoples of North America are somehow Jewish or Israelite-- was used to make religious and political claims to the land in the early United States. His emerging research examines the religious genealogy of white supremacists' fascination with the land and the wilderness on both sides of the US-Canadian border. He has teaches in such areas as North American religions, religion and media, and religion and race.