posts and bio Ken Estey

Ken Estey is an associate professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College and the author of A New Protestant Labor Ethic at Work. His research centers on the intersection of politics and religion with a particular focus on labor and Christianity.

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George Floyd and the Costs of Racial Capitalism

by on June 10, 2020

George Floyd’s public viewing will be held this afternoon at The Fountain of Praise Church in southwest Houston. A private funeral service will occur tomorrow followed by burial in Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery about sixteen miles south of Houston’s Third Ward, Floyd’s home for many years.

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Billy Graham and the Evangelical Origins of Organized Labor

by on March 13, 2018

When I heard over breakfast that Billy Graham had died, the news ricocheted around my mind and stirred up lots of memories. The counter of George’s Diner on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn was just the place to begin reflecting on the surprising connection between Graham’s legacy and organized labor.

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Calling Luther to a Labor Ethic

by on October 4, 2017

October 31, 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s defiant act of protest against the Church. What does this distant anniversary of a theological controversy have to do with the labor and class issues of our time?

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