I am an assistant professor of religious studies in the Department of Classics & Religious Studies of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


I graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College. I received masters and doctoral degrees in the study of religion from Harvard University. I have held fellowships at the Tanner Humanities Center of the University of Utah and the Center for Humanistic Inquiry of Amherst College.

My first book, Race and the Making of the Mormon People, (University of North Carolina Press) will be released in September 2017. My research focuses on American religion, religion and politics, the African Diaspora, and the American West.

As a scholar invested in connecting the academy and the wider public, my writing has appeared in the Atlantic, The New Republic, Slate, among other national publications. I am also co-founder and the former associated editor of Religion and Politics (religionandpolitics.org).

I am currently working on two new book projects. Wakara’s World is a cultural history of Wakara (1808-1855), the Ute warrior chief, infamous horse thief, Indian slave trader, and onetime Mormon elder who led an Indian uprising against his would-be Mormon brethren. To Be Religious and Modern, is a global history of the interaction between religion and the modern nation state.

I can be reached at max.mueller@unl.edu.

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