Professor McKanan's research focuses on religious movements for social transformation in the United States from the abolitionist era to the present, with a particular emphasis on the contributions liberal and esoteric religious traditions make to sociopolitical radicalism. His newest book, Eco-Alchemy: Rudolf Steiner's Anthroposophy and the Environmental Movement, will be published by the University of California Press in 2017. He also teaches and writes on Unitarian Universalist history, theology, and ethics.
Prophetic Encounters: Religion and the American Radical Tradition (Beacon Press, 2011) Publisher page
The Catholic Worker After Dorothy: Practicing the Works of Mercy in a New Generation (Liturgical Press, 2008) Publisher page
Touching the World: Christian Communities Transforming Society (Liturgical Press, 2007)
Identifying the Image of God: Radical Christians and Nonviolent Power in the Antebellum United States (Oxford University Press, 2002) Publisher page