Daniel Vaca

Daniel Vaca

Visiting Scholar in the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History
Daniel Vaca
Daniel Vaca is the Robert Gale Noyes Assistant Professor of Humanities at Brown University, where he teaches in the Department of Religious Studies. His research and teaching explore histories of religion and culture in North America, focusing especially on relationships between religious and economic activity in the United States. His first book, Evangelicals Incorporated: Books and the Business of Religion in America (Harvard, 2019), traces the history of the evangelical book industry and its audience since the end of the nineteenth century, exploring how evangelical theological preoccupations, racial divisions, cultural identities, and institutional alliances have taken shape through commercial strategy and corporate initiative.
 
Vaca's second book project, tentatively entitled A Religious History Taxes in America, invites readers to see taxes and taxation as more than a secular obligation of citizenship in a modern economy. By examining ideas, behaviors, and aspirations that have oriented disagreements about varied features of particular tax regimes, this project reveals how tax policies and practices continually have premised their fiscal strategies upon priorities, commitments, and theories of change that the study of religion brings into view. At the Warren Center, his work will focus on concepts of "systematic giving," the metaphysics of economic forecasting, and the fetishization of "self-responsibility" in the United States and beyond.
 
Vaca is the co-chair of the American Academy of Religion's Religion and Economy program unit and a member of the editorial board of the Social Science Research Council's digital publication The Immanent Frame, where he has served as the associate editor of "A Universe of Terms," a collection of essays on key concepts in the study of religion and secularism.

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