Dr. Nathan C. Walker

Dr. Nathan C. Walker is executive director of 1791 DELEGΛTES, First Amendment and human rights educators named after the year the Bill of Rights was ratified. In this capacity, he serves as the managing director of The Foundation for Religious Literacy and founder of ReligionAndPublicLife.org.

Dr. Walker currently serves as the associate editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Religion & Education. He is an advisor to the Muslim Public Affairs Council and is a board member of three public charities: Abolitionist Sanctuary, Public Religion Research Institute, and the Utah 3Rs Project.

Walker has published five books:

► Nathan C. Walker, The First Amendment and State Bans on Teachers’ Religious Garb (Routledge 2019);

► Michael D. Waggoner and Nathan C. Walker, eds., The Oxford Handbook on Religion and American Education (Oxford University Press 2018);

► Nathan C. Walker, Cultivating Empathy: The Worth and Dignity of Every Person—Without Exception (Skinner House Books 2016);

Exorcising Preaching: Crafting Intellectually Honest Worship (Chalice Press 2014);

► Nathan C. Walker and Edwin J. Greenlee, eds., Whose God Rules? Is the United States a Secular Nation or a Theolegal Democracy? (Palgrave Macmillan 2011).

Walker coauthored with Lyal S. Sunga the human rights policy report, Promoting and Protecting the Universal Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief through Law (International Development Law Organization 2014/2016), which was presented at the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Walker is a contributing author to Religion in American Education: A Legal Encyclopedia, edited by Charles J. Russo (Rowman & Littlefield 2019) and The Oxford Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion, edited by Paul A. Djupe, Mark J. Rozel, and Ted Jelen (Oxford University Press 2019).

Walker previously served as a resident fellow in law and religion at Harvard University and received his Doctor of Education degree in First Amendment law from Columbia University, where he received his Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees.

Reverend Nate received his Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, and is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister in final fellowship (i.e., tenured) and currently serves as the affiliated community minister for religion and public life at the Church of the Larger Fellowship.

In service to the field, Dr. Walker serves on the Committee on the Public Understanding of Religion for the American Academy of Religion and chairs its Journalism Award Committee. He served as chair of the Religion & Education group and the program chair for the Law & Education group for the American Educational Research Association. He is also a member of the Education Law Association, Religion & Education Collaborative, Law & Society Association, and Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

He lives in Philadelphia with his husband Vikram Paralkar.


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