Kate Baldwin, associate professor of political science and global affairs, examines church activism for liberal democracy in sub-Saharan Africa in her recent article “Democracy’s Devout Defenders,” published in the October 2023 issue of the Journal of Democracy.

In the article, Baldwin emphasizes the protections liberal-democratic institutions offer churches to spread their ideas without being curtailed by an all-powerful ruler. She poses that churches that have historically invested in schools as a method of evangelization are amongst those most likely to advocate for liberal democracy.

The article is a segment of her book in progress, Democracy’s Devout Defenders: Churches, Education and Liberal Democracy in sub-Saharan Africa.

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