Evangelicals and Immigration

Fault Lines Among the Faithful

  • Ruth M. Melkonian-Hoover
  • Lyman A. Kellstedt

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy book series (PSRPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Ruth M. Melkonian-Hoover, Lyman A. Kellstedt
    Pages 1-11
  3. Ruth M. Melkonian-Hoover, Lyman A. Kellstedt
    Pages 13-39
  4. Ruth M. Melkonian-Hoover, Lyman A. Kellstedt
    Pages 87-111
  5. Ruth M. Melkonian-Hoover, Lyman A. Kellstedt
    Pages 113-137
  6. Ruth M. Melkonian-Hoover, Lyman A. Kellstedt
    Pages 139-158
  7. Ruth M. Melkonian-Hoover, Lyman A. Kellstedt
    Pages 159-164
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 165-189

About this book


The topic of immigration is at the center of contemporary politics and, from a scholarly perspective, existing studies have documented that attitudes towards immigration have brought about changes in both partisanship and voting behavior. However, many scholars have missed or misconstrued the role of religion in this transformation, particularly evangelical Protestant Christianity. This book examines the historical and contemporary relationships between religion and immigration politics, with a particularly in-depth analysis of the fault lines within evangelicalism—divisions not only between those of different races, but also the increasingly consequential disconnect between elites and laity within white evangelicalism. The book’s empirical analysis relies on original interviews with Christian leaders, data from original church surveys conducted by the authors, and secondary analysis of several national public opinion surveys.  It concludes with suggestions for bridging the elite/laity and racial divides.


Immigration Christian elites laity Empirical data Christian activism on immigration American evangelicalism public opinion

Authors and affiliations

  • Ruth M. Melkonian-Hoover
    • 1
  • Lyman A. Kellstedt
    • 2
  1. 1.Gordon CollegeWenham, MAUSA
  2. 2.Wheaton CollegeWheaton, ILUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-98085-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-98086-7
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