Jeffrey Wheatley


Dept:Philosophy & Religious Studies
Office:411 Catt
2224 Osborn Dr.
Ames IA


Jeff is an interdisciplinary teacher and researcher who studies religion, race, and politics, with a historical focus on US history and culture. His current project is on religious fanaticism as an object of secular policing.

Research Areas

American Religious History; Christianity; Race and Modernity; Religion and Violence; Secularism; Religion, Science, and the Natural World


MA, Florida State University, 2014
BA, Arizona State University, 2011

Courses Taught

At Iowa State University:

Introduction to Catholicism

At Other Institutions:

Race, Religion, & Civic Culture
A History of the Devil
American Catholicism
Religion in the United States

Selected Publications

“US Colonial Governance of Superstition and Fanaticism in the Philippines,” Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, 2017.

Co-Author with Charles McCrary, “The Protestant Secular in the Study of American Religion: Reappraisal and Suggestions,” Religion, 2016.

Selected Presentations

“For the Love of Satan: Mary MacLane, Early Satanism, and the Scandal of Feminine Sexuality,” 2019, “Pint with a Prof” organized by Study of Religion Club, University of Northern Iowa

“Policing, Banditry, and Independence in the US-Occupied Philippines,” invited participant for Issues in Teaching Religion & Law Workshop, 2018

“Toward Genealogies of Affect in the Study of Religion,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, 2016

Participant for roundtable “Superstition, Secularism, and Religion: Testing a Trinary,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, 2016

“The Church of St. Benedict the Moor: Contestation and Propagation of Black Catholicism in the Late Nineteenth Century,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, 2013

Additional Information

When I am not in the office, I am often zipping around on my bike, gardening in my yard, or playing fetch with my dog. In August you might find me at the Iowa State Fair.