Nancy Wadsworth

Assoicate Professor

What I do

I am an Americanist political scientist who focuses primarily at the intersections of American politics and popular culture, and author of Ambivalent Miracles: Evangelicals and the Politics of Racial Healing (U of Virginia Press, 2014). My subfield interests include race and religion in U.S. political life; social movements; political theory; Native American political history; reconciliation and conflict resolution; and climate politics and activism.

Professional Biography

Born and raised in California, I have called Colorado my home state since 1991. My undergraduate degrees (Political Thought and Women's Studies) are from the University of California at Santa Cruz. I earned my graduate degrees at the Graduate Faculty at New School for Social Research in New York City, and completed a two-year postdoctoral Carnegie Mellon research fellowship at Cornell University. I have been teaching at the University of Denver since 2004.


  • Ph.D., Political Science/American Politics, New School for Social Research, 2001
  • MA, New School for Social Research, 1995
  • BA, Modern Society & Social Thought/Women's Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1986

Professional Affiliations

  • American Political Science Association
  • Western Political Science Association
  • Association for Political Theory
  • American Studies Association


  • "Rwanda in the Wake of Genocide: Stretching to Understand the Unfathomable"
  • Confronting Historical Amnesia as Scholarly Praxis
  • "Marcuse Stalks the Walking Dead"
  • "The DU John Evans Study Committee Report: Its Context, Challenges, and Impact"
  • Dude, Seriously? On the Dirty, Dirty Magic of Romantic Comedies


  • Dean's Award for Faculty Excellence (DAFE), AHSS Dean's Office
  • University of Denver Faculty Service Award, Faculty Senate
  • "Best Badass Professor", Clarion Magazine