Julia Robinson Moore (Ph.D., Michigan State University) joined the Department of Religious Studies at UNC Charlotte in 2005. She teaches courses in African American Religion, Religions of the African Diaspora, and racial violence in America. Her first book titled, Race, Religion, and the Pulpit: Reverend Robert L. Bradby and the Making of Urban Detroit explores how Bradby’s church became the catalyst for economic empowerment, community-building, and the formation of an urban African American working class in Detroit. Her second book project, Overcoming Race in the Faith: Black Presbyterians in the New South City of Charlotte speaks to complexities of black and white race relations in the New South through the sacred context of the Presbyterian Church.
Community & Media Talks in January 2017
Lecture, Senior Scholars at Queens,”The Violent Intersection of Race and Religion in America,”January 13, 2017
NPR Discussion with Mike Collins and Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler on my book, Race, Religion, and the Pulpit – Rev. Robert L. Bradby and the Making of Urban Detroit, January 18, 2017 at 9:00 am
Lecture, Novant Presbyterian Medical Center, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Service, Charlotte, NC, January 19, 2017 at 10:00 am
Lecture, “Personally Speaking” Published Author Series, on my book, Race, Religion, and the Pulpit – Rev. Robert L. Bradby and the Making of Urban Detroit, January 24, 2017
Community & Media Talks in 2016
NPR Discussion with Tim Funk, religion writer for The Observer and Kris Norris, Baptist pastor and author of Kingdom Politics: In Search of a New Political Imagination for Today’s Church, August 25, 2016.
My teaching areas are as follows: African American Religious History to 1865, 20th Century African American History, African American Religious History 1865 to the Present, Modern Civil Rights Movement, Myth and Ritual, Religions of the African Diaspora (Santeria, Voodoo, etc.), Critical Race Theory and Religion, Violence and Religion, Studies in Mimetic Theory, and Racial Violence in America.
- RELS 3137/AFRS 3050 Religion in the African American Experience
- RELS 3150/HIST 3000/AFRS 3050 African American Church and Civil Rights
- RELS 3230/HIST 3003/AFRS 3050 Race, Religion, and Murder
- RELS 3232/AFRS 3050 Islam in the African American Experience
- RELS 2000 Topics in RELS: Slave Religions in America
- RELS 2000 Topics in RELS: Jesus/Civil Rights Movement
- RELS 2000 Topics in RELS: Caribbean Religions
- Approaches to the Study of Religion
- Seminar in Theory and Method: Sacred Scapegoats: Violence, Victimage, and Mimetic Theory
- Seminar in American Religion: Martin Luther King Jr.: His Philosophy and Religion
- Social Theory and Black Religious Thought: Explorations on W.E.B. Du Bois and Black Religion
Trained as a historian, I am interested in investigating the intersections of race, religion, and violence within American culture. Specifically, I address the ways in which historical contexts in America’s racial history have often shaped religious ideology, racialized identities, and provoked events of racialized violence.