Dr Sean Durbin
Tutor in Religions
Dr Sean Durbin received his PhD in 2014 from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, where it was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence and the Australian Political Studies Association’s annual Thesis Award.
His research expertise centres around the critical and social scientific study of religion, focusing especially on apocalypticism, Christian Zionism in the United States, the intersection of religion and politics, and the role that religious discourses and practices play in contemporary societies.
From 2014 to 2019 he was editor of the journal Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception. Prior to relocating to the United Kingdom, Dr Durbin held positions at Macquarie University, The University of Newcastle, and Australian Catholic University. He is currently a postdoctoral research associate at Manchester Metropolitan University.
- Religions in Relationship (Level 6)
2018 Righteous Gentiles: Religion, Identity, and Myth in John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel. Studies in Critical Research on Religion, Series Editor: Warren S. Goldstein; Leiden: Brill, 2018. (Paperback: Haymarket, 2020)
Refereed articles and book chapters
Forth. “Dispensationalism” in James Crossley and Alastair Lockhart (eds.) Critical Dictionary of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements
Forth. “Postmillennialism” in James Crossley and Alastair Lockhart (eds.) Critical Dictionary of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements
Forth. “Premillennialism” in James Crossley and Alastair Lockhart (eds.) Critical Dictionary of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements
2021 “Christians United for Israel” in James Crossley and Alastair Lockhart (eds.) Critical Dictionary of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements. 15 January 2021. Retrieved from www.cdamm.org/articles/cufi(Opens in new window).
2021 “John C. Hagee” in James Crossley and Alastair Lockhart (eds.) Critical Dictionary of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements. 15 January 2021. Retrieved from www.cdamm.org/articles/john-c-hagee(Opens in new window)
2020 “From King Cyrus to Queen Esther: Christian Zionists’ Discursive Construction of Donald Trump as God’s Instrument.” Critical Research on Religion 8, no 2 (2020): 115-137
2019 “Violence as Revelation: American Christian Zionist Theodicy, and the Construction of Religion through Violence.” Journal of Religion and Violence 7, no. 3 (2019): 231-254
2018 “‘It is what it is’: Mythmaking and Identity Formation on a Christian Zionist Tour of Israel,” in Erin Roberts and Jennifer Eyl (eds) Christian Tourist Attractions, Mythmaking and Identity Formation. New York: Bloomsbury, 2018.
2014 “Mediating the Past through the Present and the Present through the Past: The Symbiotic Relationship of American Christian Zionists’ Outsider and Insider Enemies.” Political Theology 15, no. 2 (2014): 110-131.
2014 “Walking in the Mantle of Esther: ‘Political’ Action as ‘Religious’ Practice,” in Göran Gunner and Robert O. Smith (eds) Comprehending Christian Zionism: Perspective in Comparison. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014.
2013 “‘I Will Bless Those Who Bless You’: Christian Zionism, Fetishism, and Unleashing the Blessings of God,” Journal of Contemporary Religion 28, no. 3: (2013) 507-521.
2013 “‘I am an Israeli’: Christian Zionism as American Redemption,” Culture and Religion 14, no. 3: (2013) 324-347.
2012 “‘For Such a Time as This’: Reading (and Becoming) Esther with Christians United for Israel,” Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception 2, no. 1: (2012) 65-90.