Dr. Nathan C. Walker is a First Amendment and human rights educator. He is the executive director of 1791 Delegates, a legal education firm named after the year the Bill of Rights was ratified. In this capacity, he manages The Foundation for Religious Literacy.
Dr. Walker teaches First Amendment law and human rights at Rutgers Honors College. He previously served as the executive director for the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute and as the senior minister and executive director of the historic First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia.
Walker currently serves on the board of the Public Religion Research Institute, as an advisor to the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and as the associate editor of the peer-reviewed academic journal, Religion & Education.
- Nate has published five books, including The First Amendment and State Bans on Teachers’ Religious Garb (Routledge 2019), which Kirkus Reviews called “a thorough, magisterial account of a timely and historically important legal debate.”
- In November 2016, Publishers Weekly listed Nate’s Cultivating Empathy (Skinner House Press 2016) as one of the top “six books for a post-election spiritual detox.”
- In endorsing his book Exorcising Preaching, the Rev. Meg Riley says that “Nate Walker is boldly creative—a visionary, on-the-edge kind of thinker.” ‘
- Nate coedited with Michael D. Waggoner of The Oxford Handbook on Religion and American Education (Oxford University Press 2018).
- He coedited with Edwin J. Greenlee the book, Whose God Rules? (Palgrave Macmillan 2011), which Cornel West called “provocative and pioneering.”
- He also coauthored with Lyal S. Sunga the policy report, Promoting and Protecting the Universal Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief through Law (IDLO 2017), which was presented at the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Nate served as a resident fellow in law and religion at Harvard University and received his doctorate in First Amendment law from Columbia University, where he received his Masters of Arts and Masters of Education degrees.
He received his Masters of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary and is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, currently serving as the community minister for religion and public life at the Church of the Larger Fellowship.
He lives with his husband Vikram Paralkar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.