Brad Onishi

Scholar, Speaker, Thought Leader

Brad Onishi is a social commentator, scholar, and co-host of the Straight White American Jesus (SWAJ) podcast. He founded Axis Mundi Media in 2023 in order to provide a platform for research-based podcasts focused on safeguarding democracy from the threats of extremism and authoritarianism. His writing has appeared at the New York Times, Politico, Rolling Stone, NBC News, HuffPost, and many other outlets. Onishi is a frequent guest on national radio, podcast, and television outlets, including “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross and MSNBC. His podcast, SWAJ, ranks in the top 50 of Politics shows on Apple’s podcast charts – ahead of programs from NPR, the NYT, and other national outlets. His bookPreparing for War: The Extremist History of White Christian Nationalism – And What Comes Next is available now.

In the Media

Check out some of Brad's recent writing at these outlets:

Rolling Stone Article

The Key to Mike Johnson's Extremism Flies Outside His Office

Fresh Air with Terry Gross

Brad's Interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross


“Straight White American Jesus is the most listened to religion and politics podcast today.”


Bradley Onishi is available to speak to a variety of audiences on topics related to Christian nationalism, race and politics, masculinity, deconstruction, and the history of religion in America. He welcomes invitations to speak at churches, universities, business seminars on DEI, religion, and politics, and other venues.

Seminars and Coaching

Brad is a trauma-informed coach who periodically runs small groups on masculinity after evangelicalism. He also has limited availability for one-on-one coaching related to deconstruction, purity culture, and recovering from religious trauma.