Nathan R Todd

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Our research focuses on how religion and Whiteness shape individual and group engagement with social justice. In one area of research, we examine the ways in which religious settings such as congregations promote social justice engagement. We further explore how White students understand and emotionally respond to racism and White privilege with implications for how to engage White students in racial justice action.

Research Description

Our research focuses on how religion and Whiteness shape individual and group engagement with social justice. In one area of research, we examine the ways in which religious settings such as congregations promote social justice engagement. We further explore how White students understand and emotionally respond to racism and White privilege with implications for how to engage White students in racial justice action.

Education

  • Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A., Theology, from Fuller Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Psychology, from Fuller Theological Seminary
  • B.A., from the University of Oklahoma

Grants

2012 Louisville Institute Project Grants for Researchers. Understanding Social Networks and Social Capital in Religious Congregations. N. Todd, Principal Investigator. $25,000 funded.

Awards and Honors

2018 Early Career Award: Society for Community Research and Action

Recent Publications

Houston-Kolnik, J. D., Todd, N. R., & Greeson, M. R. (2019). Overcoming the “Holy Hush”: A Qualitative Examination of Protestant Christian Leaders’ Responses to Intimate Partner Violence. American journal of community psychology, 63(1-2), 135-152. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12278

Bergmann, B. A. B., & Todd, N. R. (2019). Religious and Spiritual Beliefs Uniquely Predict Poverty Attributions. Social Justice Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11211-019-00335-7

Cadenas, G. A., Cisneros, J., Todd, N. R., & Spanierman, L. B. (2018). DREAMzone: Testing two vicarious contact interventions to improve attitudes toward undocumented immigrants. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 11(3), 295-308. https://doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000055

Mekawi, Y., & Todd, N. R. (2018). Okay to Say? Initial validation of the acceptability of racial microaggressions scale. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 24(3), 346-362. https://doi.org/10.1037/cdp0000201

Todd, N. R. (2017). Ethical Challenges of Personal Disclosure in Gaining Entry with Religious Congregations. American journal of community psychology, 60(3-4), 302-308. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12179

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