Curriculum Vitae

All of Kelsy’s academic articles can be downloaded for free through the University of Nebraska Digital Commons.


2016--            Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

                        Faculty Affiliate: Women’s and Gender Studies

2013-2016     Assistant Professor of Sociology, St. Norbert College


2013               Ph.D., Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

                        Ph.D. Certificate, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

                        Dissertation: “God, Sex, and the Internet: The Faithful, Virtual, and                                    Sexual Lives of Contemporary Christians”

2009              M.A., Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

                        Thesis: “Rethinking Social Movement Participation and Non-                                                Participation: How South Dakota Pro-Choice Clergy Perceive, Confront,                            and Navigate Risk”

2006              B.A., Sociology, Eastern Connecticut State University

Select Publications


Kelsy Burke (2016) Christians under Covers: Evangelicals and Sexual Pleasure on the Internet. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

  • Winner of the 2017 Distinguished Book Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Religion

  • Reviewed in American Journal of Sociology, Contemporary Sociology, Gender & Society, International Sociology, Sociology of Religion, Theology & Sexuality

  • Chapter, “Overcoming the Obscene in Evangelical Sex Websites,” reprinted in Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life: Readings, 11th edition, edited by David Newman, Jodi O’Brien, and Michelle Robertson (2018, Newbury Park, CA: Sage)


Select Scholarly Articles and Book Chapters

Kelsy Burke and Trenton Haltom, (Forthcoming 2020) “Created by God and Wired to Porn: Redemptive Masculinity and Gender Beliefs in Religious Narratives of Pornography Addiction Recovery.” Gender & Society.


Kelsy Burke and Amy McDowell, (Forthcoming 2020) “White Women Who Lead: God, Girlfriends, and Diversity Projects in a National Evangelical Ministry.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.


Kelsy Burke, Dawne Moon, and Theresa Tobin, (Forthcoming 2020) “Shame and Entitlement: Race and the Religious Possibilities for Sexuality in Conservative Christianity” in Religion is Raced: Understanding American Religion in the 21st Century, edited by Grace B. Yukich and Penny Edgell. (New York: New York University Press).


Kelsy Burke and Emily Kazyak (2019) “Religious Liberty and Nondiscrimination Protection for LGBT People: A View from a Red State” (Trends article) Contexts 18: 63-65.


Emily Kazyak, Kelsy Burke, and Mathew Stange (2018) “Logics of Freedom: Debating Religious Freedom Laws and Gay and Lesbian Rights.” Socius 4: 1-18.


Orit Avishai and Kelsy Burke (2016) “God’s Case for Sex” (feature article). Contexts. 15: 30-35.


Kelsy Burke and Amy Moff Hudec (2015) “Sexual Encounters and Manhood Acts: Evangelicals, Latter-day Saints, and Religious Masculinities.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 54: 330-344.


Kelsy Burke (2014) “What Makes a Man: Gender and Sexual Boundaries on Evangelical Christian Sexuality Websites.” Sexualities 17: 3-22.


Kelsy Burke (2012) “Women’s Agency in Gender-Traditional Religions: A Review of Four Approaches.” Sociology Compass 6: 122-133.


Kelsy Burke and Amy McDowell (2012) “Superstars and Misfits: Two Pop-Trends in the Gender Culture of Contemporary Evangelicalism.” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 24: 67-79.

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