Tucson Festival of Books

Robert P. Jones



Noah Willman

KI Wildman

Robert P. Jones is the president and founder of Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and a leading scholar and commentator on religion and politics. His latest book, which debuted on The New York Times best-seller list, is "The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy and the Path to a Shared American Future." He is also the author of two award-winning books: "White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity" which won a 2021 American Book Award and "The End of White Christian America," which won the 2019 Grawemeyer Award in Religion. 

Jones writes regularly on politics, culture and religion for The Atlantic, TIME and Religion News Service. He is frequently featured in major national media, such as MSNBC, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post and others. He holds a doctorate in religion from Emory University and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He writes the weekly #WhiteTooLong newsletter on Substack.

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Awards: 2019 Grawemeyer Award in Religion; 2021 American Book Award


Scheduled events:
First Amendment Protections, Abuses
The First Amendment protects the freedom of speech, religion and the press. As a nation, we are now examining the extent of those rights. How much should we be able to say about individuals or events without common-sense restrictions? What happens when our leaders declare America a Christian nation? Are newspapers and other media too free or are the guaranteed freedoms in jeopardy? Three authors discuss these significant issues of our times.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 337)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Martin Baron, Robert Jones, Barbara McQuade
Moderator: Stephen Golden
Elusive Progress In Divided Times
Are we gradually making progress as a country or are we slipping dangerously back? Maybe we're somewhere in between. What’s good, bad and what’s holding us back? The Atlantic's McKay Coppins and outspoken blogger Freddie deBoer join Robert P. Jones, a scholar and commentator on religion and politics, to tackle these issues.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 337)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: McKay Coppins, Fredrik deBoer, Robert Jones
Moderator: Ron Barber
Religion's Grip on Politics
As politics and religion become less and less separated as the Constitution mandates, many are left wondering how this complicated issue will sort out. We hear from Mitt Romney's biographer as well as two other authors, one writing on Evangelical Christianity and one delving into the roots of white supremacy.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 337)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Tim Alberta, McKay Coppins, Robert Jones
Moderator: David Sadker

Books:
The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy
and the Path to a Shared American Future
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Simon & Schuster
September 2023
ISBN 9781668009512
400 pages
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White Too Long
The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Simon and Schuster
July 2021
ISBN 9781982122874
336 pages
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