Chrissy Stroop

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About Chrissy Stroop


Hi, I'm Chrissy!

Thanks for your interest in my work!

If you've found your way here, you may know me as a Twitter personality and blogger, or you may have Googled me after coming across my name in in The New York Times, Newsweek, The EconomistAP, ThinkProgress, Business Insider, The New Republic, Politico, The Guardian, Daily Kos, or Right Wing Watch.

I get mentioned and quoted in outlets like those by virtue of being both a Russian area studies and foreign policy expert--Stanford Ph.D. in modern Russian history, 2012--and a visible ex-evangelical speaking out in opposition to right-wing Christian extremism and abuse. As the troublemaking creator of viral hashtags including #EmptyThePews#ChristianAltFacts, and #ExposeChristianSchool.

My own work has appeared in Foreign PolicyPlayboyReligion DispatchesDame MagazineThe ConversationalistPolitical Research AssociatesEurasianet, and elsewhere. I'm also the co-editor (with Lauren O'Neal) of an anthology of personal essays by a diverse group of former conservative Christians, Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church, which comes out on Dec 1., 2019, and is available for preorder now!

My blog, Not Your Mission Field, mostly deals with aspects of evangelical authoritarianism, and features a number of essays in which I draw on both data and scholarship, and my own experience, which makes for an engaging and informative approach. My public profile has grown since the 2016 election, when many Americans discovered an urgent need to understand both Russia and the U.S. Christian Right.

As there are no ads on my website, which also features an annotated list of resources for those who have left fundamentalist religion or are considering doing so, and freelance writing fees do not provide enough to earn a living, I am currently able to work full-time in this capacity only thanks to financial support from my Patreon patrons! If you are able to join their ranks with a pledge of even a few dollars a month or to point others to this page, that is immensely helpful to me. 

If you would like to make a one-time gift in support of my work instead of a monthly commitment, click here for PayPal or here for Cash (which allows anonymous donations). To book me as a speaker (I am always grateful for recommendations to your local university, humanist organization, progressive religious organization, etc.), please send an email to [email protected] 
$3,166.25 of $3,500 per month
With $3500 a month, I will feel confident regarding my continued ability to support myself independently and devote myself full-time to my writing, research, blogging, activism, and advocacy work.
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