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Clay Stauffer

Adjunct Assistant Professor of American Studies




  • BA – Texas Christian University, 2002
  • Master of Divinity – Princeton Seminary, 2005
  • Doctor of Ministry – University of the South, Sewanee, 2015


  • Intersection of faith and politics within American culture
  • Moral foundations of liberals and conservatives
  • Polarization
  • Formation of character


The Reverend Dr. Clay Stauffer was born and raised in Memphis, TN. He earned his B.A. from Texas Christian University in 2002, his Master of Divinity from Princeton Seminary in 2005, and his Doctor of Ministry from the University of the South (at Sewanee) in 2015. He is a fourth-generation minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and became the Senior Minister of Woodmont Christian Church in 2007 at age 27. He joined the Vanderbilt faculty in fall of 2019.

He is the author of two books: Preaching Politics by Chalice Press (2016) and Spiritual Reflections on Faith, Values, and Culture in 2019. He writes a regular column for the Tennessean.

His primary research interests include the intersection of faith and politics within American culture, moral foundations of liberals and conservatives, polarization, and the formation of character.

He lives in Nashville with his wife Megan and their three young children.