Daniel VacaAssistant Professor of Religious Studies
Daniel Vaca is an assistant professor of Religious Studies, specializing in American religious history and culture. His research focuses especially on the relationship between religious and economic activity in the United States, with particular emphasis on business ideas and institutions; print and media cultures; and social authority. His current book project, entitled The Spirit of Evangelicalism: Media, Markets, and Commercial Religion, traces the history of the evangelical book industry and its audience since the end of the nineteenth century, examining how evangelical ideas and identities have taken shape through commercial strategy and corporate initiative. Other current research subjects include the notion of non-profit status and the ideal of authorship. Since joining Brown's faculty in 2013, Professor Vaca has taught courses on topics including spirituality; money and media; religious freedom; and Christmas. Currently the director of undergraduate studies for Brown's Department of Religious Studies, he also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and The Immanent Frame.
“Believing within Business: Evangelicalism, Media, and Financial Faith.” In The Business Turn in American Religious History, edited by Amanda Porterfield, Darren Grem, and John Corrigan, 20–45. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.
“Selling Trust: The Living Bible and the Business of Biblicism.” In The Bible in American Life, edited by Philip Goff, Arthur E. Farnsley II, and Peter J. Thuesen, 169–82. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.
"Meeting the Modernistic Tide: The Book as Evangelical Battleground in the 1940s." In Protest on the Page: Essays on Print and the Culture of Dissent, edited by James L. Baughman, Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, and James P. Danky, 137–60. Madison, Wisc.: University of Wisconsin Press, 2015.
"'Great Religions' as Peacemaker: What Unitarian Infighting Did for Comparative Religion." History of Religions 53, no. 2 (November 2013): 115-150.
"Anglicanism and Its Discontents: Protestant Diversity and Disestablishment in British America," co-authored with Randall H. Balmer. In The Cambridge History of Religions in America, edited by Stephen J. Stein: 429–450. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
"Transcendentalism." In Encyclopedia of Religion in America, edited by Charles H. Lippy and Peter W. Williams, 2205–2211. Washington, D.C: CQ Press, 2010. (5,000 words)