Examining religion and public life
Walker is the co-editor with Edwin J. Greenlee of Whose God Rules? Is the United States a Secular Nation or a Theolegal Democracy? (Palgrave Macmillan 2011). The book débuted Walker’s theory “theolegal democracy”—an analysis of a political system that permits, rewards, and encourages officials to use theology to make law without formally establishing a state religion. Contributors included Alan Dershowitz, Martha Nussbaum, Kent Greenawalt, and Robby George. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair wrote the foreword and Cornel West calls the book “provocative and pioneering.”
Walker is currently co-editing with Michael D. Waggoner the Oxford Handbook on Religion and American Education, with the foreword by Martin E. Marty and contributing chapters by Diana Eck, John Witte Jr., Eboo Patel, and other distinguished scholars.
Walker recently partnered with Lyal S. Sunga in publishing a policy report for the International Development Law Organization titled, Promoting and Protecting the Universal Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief through Law: Current Dilemmas and Lessons Learned. The project was commissioned and financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the Italian Republic and presented at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland in March 2014.
Walker previously served as a Resident Fellow at Harvard Divinity School where he studied legal restrictions on religious expression. Nate is currently an advanced doctoral candidate in Law, Education, and Religion at Columbia University, where he received his Masters of Arts and Masters of Education degrees. Nate is currently in the final stages of his dissertation titled, Unveiling Freedom: Bans on Religious Garb, where he asks whether public school teachers should leave their religious clothing at the schoolhouse gate. His essay, A Legal Approach to Questions about Religious Diversity was published in 2013 by Oxford University Press.
Walker received his Master of Divinity degree in religion and education from Union Theological Seminary. For fifteen years, Walker served congregations in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, the last seven as the Senior Minister and Executive Director of the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. Since then, Walker has been pursuing his teaching and research interests in law and religion.
Walker's research has been featured in the New York Times, Mother Jones, AirAmerica, Village Voice, Inside Higher Ed, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. The UU World magazine featured his proposal to create a code of ethics for Monsanto, the world’s largest producer of genetically modified seeds. Walker has also presented his research at: