Amy Black, Ph.D.


Politics and International Relations Department

Professor of Political Science
On Faculty since 2001

Phone: (630)752-5980
Fax: (630)752-7037


Ph.D., Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1998

B.A., Government, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA, 1991, Summa Cum Laude

About Amy Black

Dr. Black has wide research and teaching interests in the fields of American Politics and Political Behavior. She teaches a range of courses including those that examine different political institutions and other seminars that consider how we interact with our government. Believing that practical experience is a great teacher, Dr. Black served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, working in the office of Rep. Melissa A. Hart during the 2000-2001 academic year.

Her most recent project is Five Views on the Church and Politics (Zondervan), an edited volume that introduces the political thought of five theological traditions – Anabaptist, Lutheran, the Black Church, Reformed, and Catholic—and places them in conversation with one another. Contributors discuss the distinctives of their theological view as well as their traditions’ thought on the role of government, the place of individual Christian participation in government and politics, and how churches should (or should not) address political questions.

She is the author of Honoring God in Red or Blue: Approaching Politics with Humility, Grace, and Reason (Moody Publishers). At a time when public discourse is too often divisive, Dr. Black calls Christians to a more reasoned and humble approach to politics. Instead of telling readers what to think, this book equips them with tools to develop their own thoughtful, faith-informed perspectives in an increasingly complex political landscape. Identifying some sources of tension that make dialogue so difficult, she offers practical guidance to help Christians engage in political discussions, analyze issues, and evaluate candidates in ways that honor God.

Dr. Black enjoys speaking to a wide range of audiences. Recent speaking engagements include keynote speeches at the Iowa Conference on Presidential Politics and the Everyday Theology Conference at Liberty University and chapel talks at Westmont College and Azuza Pacific University. She is a regular contributor to the Center for Public Justice’s Capital Commentary and offers political commentary for Moody Radio Chicago.

Dr. Black joined the Wheaton faculty after serving four years on the faculty of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. She is active in a local church where she teaches adult education classes, assists in the children’s ministry and participates in a women's Bible study. Married to Wheaton professor Daniel Treier, she and her husband enjoy domestic and international travel and are avid sports fans.

Courses Taught

  • American Politics and Government
  • Congress and the Policymaking Process
  • The American Presidency
  • Media and Public Opinion
  • Women and Politics
  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Senior Seminar: Christianity and Politics
  • Politics and Pop Culture
  • Political Research 

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Political Science Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association 
  • Past President, Christians in Political Science


  • Individual: Congressional Legislative Process, Religion and Politics
  • With Students: Old Testament Ethics and Domestic Poverty

Representative Publications

Five Views on the Church and Politics (General Editor). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2015.

"Evangelicals, Politics, and Public Policy: Lessons from the Past, Prospects for the Future.” In The Future of American Evangelicalism, Candy Gunther Brown and Mark Silk, eds, New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.

 “Modeling A More Excellent Way: Thoughts on Respectful Dialogue,” In Harold Heie, ed., Evangelicals on Public Policy Issues: Sustaining a Respectful Conversation, Abilene, TX: Abilene Christian University Press, 2014.

 “Opportunities and Obstacles: Congress and International Religious Freedom Policy,” Review of Faith and International Affairs, invited article for the 10th Anniversary issue, Vol. 11, Issue 1, Spring 2013, pp. 49-55.

Honoring God in Red or Blue: Approaching Politics with Humility, Grace, and Reason. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2012.

“The Cure for Election Madness,” Christianity Today, January 2012.

Religion and Politics:  Classic and Contemporary Perspectives, edited with Douglas L. Koopman and Larycia Hawkins.  New York: Pearson Longman, 2011.

Black, Amy E. “How to Discuss Politics as a Christian,” and “What to Look for in a President: Three More Views.” In Mark Galli, ed. How to Pick a President: A Guide to the Deeper Issues. Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today Essentials, 2011.

“Religious Right,” entry in Encylopedia of U.S. Political History, Volume 3, 1976-present, edited by Richard Valelly.  Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010.

“Faith-Based Initiatives,” “Standing Committee,” and “Select Committee,” entries in the Encyclopedia of Political Science, edited by George T. Kurian.  Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2010.

“Crisis Opportunity,” PRISM, Volume 16, Number 3, May/June 2009, p. 32, with Wheaton College student Shannon Mickelson.

Beyond Left and Right: Helping Christians Make Sense of American Politics. Grand Rapids, MI. Baker Books, 2008.

2007. From Inspiration to Legislation:  How an Idea Becomes a Bill.  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007.

“George W. Bush and Faith-Based Initiatives,” with Doug Koopman. In Mark J. Rozell and Gleaves Whitney, eds., Religion and the Bush Presidency. New York: Palgrave/Macmillan Press, 2007.

“God is on Our Side: Religion in Campaign 2004,” Citizens and Statesmen: An Annual Review of Political Theory and Public Life, Vol. 2, 2006, pp. 61-72.

Of Little Faith:  The Politics of George W. Bush’s Faith-Based Initiatives, with Douglas Koopman and David Ryden.  Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2004.



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