Dr. Daniel Bennett
Department Chair, Associate Professor of Political Science; Assistant Director, Center for Faith and Flourishing
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University B.A., George Fox University
Dr. Daniel Bennett is an expert on the intersection of politics, law, and religion in the United States. He is the author of Defending Faith: The Politics of the Christian Conservative Legal Movement, and has written journal articles and book chapters on the politicization of religious freedom, the influence of group attitudes on support for constitutional rights, federal judicial selection, legal advocacy, and more. His next book, Uneasy Citizenship: Embracing the Tension in Faith and Politics, is scheduled to be published in 2022. Dr. Bennett has written for audiences at Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Religion and Politics, and The Monkey Cage, among others. He has appeared in national and regional media, including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Deseret News, Associated Press, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and KNWA/Fox 24. In addition to his work for JBU he has served in leadership for Christians in Political Science, and is on the board of directors for the American Values Coalition. Dr. Bennett enjoys teaching and working with students. He particularly likes teaching Constitutional Law, Religion and Politics, American Government and Politics, and the department’s two-course research sequence. He has advised many student research projects, several of them accepted for presentation at national and regional conferences. In 2021 he advised a student’s prize-winning research on food insecurity during the pandemic. He also serves as JBU’s pre-law advisor and supervises the university’s Model United Nations program. Dr. Bennett and his wife, Caitlyn, have three kids: Henry, Margaret, and James. Their family lives about a mile north of campus, where they are raising several chickens. They are members of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Siloam Springs.