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Nathan C.

Rev. Nathan C. Walker


Nathan C. Walker

Executive Director, Religious Freedom Center

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Reverend Nathan C. Walker is executive director of the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute. As a religious liberty educator, he specializes in issues of religion in public life as it relates to civil and human rights.

Walker is the co-editor with Edwin J. Greenlee of Whose God Rules? Is the United States a Secular Nation or a Theolegal Democracy? (Palgrave Macmillan 2011) with foreword by Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Walker is currently co-editing with Michael D. Waggoner The Oxford Handbook on Religion and American Education, with the foreword by Martin E. Marty.

Walker coauthored with Lyal S. Sunga a policy report for the International Development Law Organization titled, Promoting and Protecting the Universal Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief through Law: Current Dilemmas and Lessons Learned, which they presented at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

Walker studied legal restrictions on religious expression while serving as a Resident Fellow at Harvard Divinity School. He is currently an advanced doctoral candidate (Ed.D.) in Law, Education, and Religion at Teachers College Columbia University, where he received his Masters of Arts (M.A.) and Masters of Education (Ed.M.) degrees. In his dissertation, Unveiling Freedom: Bans on Religious Garb, Walker asks whether public school teachers should leave their religious clothing at the schoolhouse gate. This research was featured in the essay, A Legal Approach to Questions about Religious Diversity, published by Oxford University Press.

Walker is a Unitarian Universalist and humanist and he received his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree in religion and education from Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY. In January 2007, he was ordained by members of the Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York and the Unitarian Church of Staten Island. For fifteen years, Walker served urban congregations in a variety of capacities in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, the last seven as the Senior Minister and Executive Director of the historic First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia (2007 to 2014).


Peer Reviewed Edited Volumes in Law & Religion

  • Michael D. Waggoner and Nathan C. Walker, eds. (forthcoming 2016) The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Education. New York: Oxford University Press. Foreword by Martin E. Marty.
  • Nathan C. Walker & Edwin J. Greenlee, editors (2011) Whose God Rules? Is the United States a Secular Nation or a Theolegal Democracy? New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Foreword by Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Contributors: Alan Dershowitz, Martha C. Nussbaum, Kent Greenawalt, and William F. Schulz. Endorsed by Cornel West.

Policy Report

Peer Reviewed Encyclopedia Entries & Book Chapter

  • Nathan C. Walker (forthcoming 2016) Encyclopedia entries on Religious Garb: Teachers; Cantwell v. Connecticut; Everson v. Board of Education; Kitzmiller v. Dover in Charles J. Russo, ed., Religion in American Education: A Legal Encyclopedia. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield
  • Nathan C. Walker (2013) “A Legal Approach to Questions about Religious Diversity” in Chad Meister, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity, Oxford Handbooks Online. New York: Oxford University Press

Book Review

  • Nathan C. Walker (2014) A Review of “The Routledge International Handbook of Religious Education” edited by Derek H. Davis and Elena Miroshnikova. Journal of Religion and Education, Vol. 41, Issue 1, 2014.