Kelsy Burke

 Dr. Kelsy Burke is an associate professor of Sociology at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, where she studies how sex and religion collide in contemporary America.


She is the award winning author of Christians under Covers (published in 2016 by University of California Press), a book that analyzes online Christian sex advice to understand the sometimes contradictory and often surprising ways that some evangelical Christians talk about sexual pleasure.


Kelsy is currently writing a second book on contemporary debates over pornography, for which she has interviewed and observed a wide range of pornography’s opponents and sympathizers, from porn addicts to porn stars. The Pornography Wars will be published in 2022 by Bloomsbury. 


Kelsy is also co-PI with Dr. Emily Kazyak on a National Science Foundation grant examining laws and people’s reactions to religious freedom and LGBTQ rights.


She lives in Lincoln with her spouse, two children, and assorted pets.

Sociologist of sexuality, religion, and culture