Welcome

Straight White American Jesus (SWAJ) is a podcast on religion and politics hosted by ex-ministers who are now scholars of religion.

SWAJ is proud to be an official partner of the Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Launched in 2018, both of the show’s hosts, Daniel Miller and Bradley Onishi, are ex-evangelical ministers who are now religion scholars.

We do two shows per week:

  • Tuesdays: Interviews and/or Series Episodes
  • Fridays: Weekly Roundup – analysis of religion and politics stories from the week.

Here you will find links to the podcast feed and transcripts. You will also find links to our docu-series: The Orange Wave: A History of the Religious Right Since 1960, which is designed as a resource for teachers and professors to guide students through the history of the Religious Right over the last 75 years. In addition to the audio files, we have provided transcripts, suggested readings, and the bios of each guest.

You will also find our other series:

A History of the Religious Left
Abortion and Reproductive Rights

About the hosts

Bradley Onishi, PhD, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Skidmore College. A TEDx speaker, he has written for the New York Times, Huffpost, Religion & Politics, The LA Review of Books, The Conversation US, Rewire.News, among other outlets. He has appeared on NPR-affiliate programs and nationally ranked podcasts. His monograph, The Sacrality of the Secular, appeared from Columbia University Press in 2018; he has published in journals such as JAAR, Sophia, Religions, and The American Book Review. Brad was a pastor at a California megachurch in Yorba Linda (birthplace of Richard Nixon!) before attending Oxford University, L’institut catholique de Paris, and the University of California Santa Barbara.

Daniel Miller, PhD, is Associate Professor of Religion and Social Thought and Chair in the Department of Liberal Studies at Landmark College. His first book, The Myth of Normative Secularism (Duquesne 2016), was a 2016 INDIES award finalist in the category of political science. He is completing his second book, Queer Democracy, and has published in Constellations, Soundings, Political Theology, and Method and Theory in the Study of Religion. Dan served as a Southern Baptist Minister before attending graduate school at Oxford University and Syracuse University.