Social ethicist and scholar of American religions, Jonathan L. Walton is the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard University and Pusey Minister in Harvard's Memorial Church, as well as a professor of religion and society on the Faculty of the Divinity School. Professor Walton's research addresses the intersections of religion, politics, and media culture. He has published widely in scholarly journals such as Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation and Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and his book, Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism, disrupts commonly held assumptions that associate evangelical broadcasting with white, conservative evangelical communities, while illumining the ways televangelists' professed aims are frustrated by their hyper-mediated methods.
The "resident ethicist" on the Tavis Smiley Show, Professor Walton's work and insights have been featured in national and international news outlets. Currently, he is working on a book-length study of famed televangelist Carlton Pearson tentatively entitled Pentecostalism Made Pretty. The book explores questions of power, privilege, and race in the context of late 20th and early 21st century neo-Pentecostalism. He is also completing a volume on African-American religious history with Eddie S. Glaude (Princeton University), American Religion in Black and Blue.
A native of Atlanta, Dr. Walton graduated from Morehouse College with a B.A. in political science, and earned his Ph.D. and master of divinity degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. Prior to joining the faculty of Harvard Divinity School, Rev. Walton was an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of California, Riverside.