Anthea Butler is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Graduate Chair of Religious Studies. A historian of American and African American religion, Professor Butler’s research and writing spans religion and politics, religion and gender, African American religion, sexuality, and religion and popular culture. She is the author of Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making A Sanctified World (The University of North Carolina Press) and the forthcoming book The Gospel According to Sarah: How Sarah Palin’s Tea Party Angels Are Galvanizing the Religious Right (The New Press). A regular guest on the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC and a sought-after media commentator, Professor Butler also provides commentary on contemporary politics, religion, and social issues at Religion Dispatches. She served as a consultant to the PBS series God in America and the American Experience on Aimee Semple McPherson.