Religion and politics in the United States (and Kenneth D. Wald) Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011.
“This Far By Faith? Religion, Gender and Efficacy” In Religion and Democracy in America: danger or opportunity. Alan Wolfe and Ira Katznelson eds. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010.
In the chapter “This Far By Faith” Dr. Calhoun-Brown examines how religion impacts feelings of personal and political empowerment in women. I enjoyed the chapter and, in particular, the section: Religious Institutions and Political Engagement. In it she discusses the cultivation of civic skills through church participation. According to Dr. Calhoun-Brown: “Most studies that examine the relationship between religion and political engagement focus on how religious practices contribute to civic skills and social capital without more fully considering how such practices can directly affect the strength and confidence of those active in religious life.”