Andrew M. Henry is a fellow at The Foundation for Religious Literacy. He bridges the academy and the media industry as a PhD candidate in religious studies at Boston University and as the YouTube Channel Manager at The Atlantic.
Over the past five years, he has worked on the forefront of online religious literacy education as the host and founder of Religion for Breakfast, the largest religious studies YouTube channel on the platform. Andrew launched Religion for Breakfast in 2014 during his studies at Boston University when he realized that religious studies content was completely lacking on YouTube. Religion for Breakfast aimed to remedy this by publishing video-lectures aimed at capturing a high school and college-aged audience with introductory videos such as a 15-minute introduction to Islam as well as pop-culture topics such as a video titled “How Has Japanese Religion Influenced Pokémon?”
By 2018, Religion for Breakfast grew to 50,000 subscribers, and by mid-2019, it grew to 90,000 subscribers, with over 6 million views. In March 2020, it had 119,00 subscribers and 8.7 million views.
The channel receives over 250,000 views per month and his videos are used by high school and college instructors around the world.
In his capacity as the founder of Religion for Breakfast, Andrew has partnered with academic, non-profit, and government organizations to further the mission of producing freely-available religious literacy content.
In 2017, he produced introductory videos for online, graduate-level classes for the Religious Freedom Center. In 2019, he partnered with Sacred Writes, an initiative based at Northeastern University dedicated to public scholarship about religion, to produce three videos on topics such as racial segregation in US religious communities, the rise of humanist gatherings on Sundays, and an introduction to indigenous religion.
He also has partnered with the U.S. State Department in Jerusalem to design a lecture series for Israeli high school teachers on teaching about religion from an academic perspective.
As a member of the Applied Religious Studies Committee at the American Academy of Religion, Andrew has organized and lead workshops for scholars to learn how to better reach a broader public at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion.
Andrew currently works at The Atlantic on their YouTube team. He joined The Atlantic in 2018 to pilot a religion journalism initiative funded by the Henry Luce Foundation called “The Atlantic Global Religion Forum,” an online community of religion journalists and scholars that analyzed religion news on a weekly basis. Andrew moderated the forum until the end of the grant. In 2019, he transitioned to Atlantic Studios as the manager of The Atlantic’s YouTube channel.
Andrew’s academic background spans ancient history, archaeology, and religious studies. He specializes in the religions of the ancient Mediterranean world, focusing specifically on early Christianity in late antique Asia Minor and the Levant.
He worked at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology in Philadelphia before moving to Boston. He has excavated in Athens with the American School of Classical Studies, and he is a former Educational and Cultural Affairs research fellow at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.