Department of Religious Studies
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, North Carolina 28223-001
Ph.D. 2002 Michigan State University African American history and American religious history
M.Div. 1994 Princeton Theological Seminary
B.A. 1991 Alma College Major: History, Pre-Law. Minor: Secondary Education
American Academy of Religion
Association of Black Women Historians
Association for the Study of African American Life and History
Colloquium on Violence and Religion
Colloquium for African American Research
2005- Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Adjunct and affiliate instructional responsibilities in the Departments of Africana Studies and History and in the American Studies and Latin American Studies programs.
2002-2005 Assistant Professor, Comparative Religion Department and Africana Studies Program, Western Michigan University.
2004- Ordained Presbyterian Minister, Presbyterian Church USA, Presbytery of Lake Michigan, Kalamazoo, Michigan and Presbytery of Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina.
1997-1998 Research Assistant, Department of History, Michigan State University. Assisted Dr. Darlene Clark Hine in a book length project on the history of African American men; also assisted Dr. Hine in an article length project on the history of the Emmett Till murder and its impact on the modern Civil Rights Movement.
1995-1996 Minority Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Lecturer, Religion Department, Alma College.
1995-1999 Lecturer, Religion Department, Alma College.
Race, Religion, and the Pulpit: The Making of Urban Detroit, 1910-1946. (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, in press, Spring 2014).
“Masculine Pulpits and Feminine Pews: Black Baptist Churchwomen and Black Male Leadership in the Northern Black Church,” in A.M.E. Church Review. Vol. CXXVI No. 419. (July-September 2010), 43-87.
“The Leadership of Robert L. Bradby and the Black Community in Early Industrial Detroit,” in The Black Urban Community: From Dusk Till Dawn (ed. Gayle T. Tate and Lewis A. Randolph; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), 205-224.
“Baptists,” “Ministers and Preachers,” “Reverend Robert L. Bradby,” in Steven A. Reich, ed., The Encyclopedia of the Great Black Migration (Greenwood Milestones in African American History; 3 vols.; Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2006), 1:54-57; 1:139-140; 2:555-557.
Love and Hate in Racial Rivals: Mimetic Theory and the “Skandalon” of Lynching Narratives, plenary paper presented for the Colloquium on Violence and Religion at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, July 2013.
Christ in American Lynchings: Dismantling Theological Distortions of Christianity through Mimetic Theory, plenary paper presented for the Theology & Peace Conference, UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina, June 2013.
Myth, Rituals, and Racial Bodies: Lynching in the American South, paper presented for the Without Sanctuary: A Conference on Lynching and the American South, UNC Charlotte, North Carolina, October 2012.
Lynching and Mimetic Theory: A Report on the American Scene, plenary paper presented at the Colloquium on Violence and Religion at the International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan, July 2012.
Am I My Brother’s Keeper?:Mimetic Theory and the Nuances of Lynching in Late Twentieth Century Africa and America, paper presented at the Colloquium on Violence and Religion, Salina, Italy (Aeolian Islands), June 2011.
Christianity’s Response to Black Suffering, paper presented at the Black Theodicy Forum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C., August 2010.
Strange Fruit: Mimetic Theory and the Lynching of Black Bodies, paper presented at the Colloquium on Violence and Religion, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., July 2010.
Mimetic Theory and the Black Nadir: Violence, Lynching, and the Scapegoat, paper presented at Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., March 2010.
Obama, Liberation Theology, and African American Identity, paper presented at the Africana Studies Colloquium, Department of Africana Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C., February 2010.
Masculinity, Migrants, and Ministry: The Politics of Respectability in the Black Baptist Church, paper presented at the Ninety-Fourth Annual Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Cincinnati, Ohio, October 2009.
Masculine Pulpits and Feminine Pews: Black Baptist Churchwomen and Black Male Leadership in the Northern Black Church, paper presented at the Fifth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of the African Diaspora, Accra, Ghana, August 2009.
Sacred Justice and Strange Violence: Critical Assessments for the Study of Race And Violence in Light of the Jena Six Incident and Genocide in Darfur, paper presented at the Colloquium for African American Research, Bremen, Germany, March 2009.
Identity Politics and Cultural Hybridity: African Americans and African Canadians in the Black Baptist Church, 1825-1910, paper presented at the Ninety-Third Annual Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Birmingham, Ala., October 2008.
Critical Race Theory and Educational Inequality: Overcoming the Legacies Of Jim Crow, paper sponsored by and presented at the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center at Edvanti, Inc., Memphis, Tenn., March 2008.
Dismantling the House of Deprivation: Ideological Intersections of Race, Religion and Inequality, paper sponsored by and presented at the Oxford Roundtable, Oxford University, Oxford, England, July 2007.
One Drop Will Make You Whole: Origins of a Black Baptist Minister, paper presented at the Globalization and Identity in the African Diaspora Conference, Department of Africana Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C., April, 2006.
Religion and the Black Public Sphere: Critical Assessments of The Black Sermon, paper presented at the Midwestern Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, DePaul University, Chicago, Ill., April 2005.
African American Perspectives Toward the Muslim World Post-9/11, paper presented at a colloquium on Muslim Perceptions of America, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich., February 2005.
Migration and Minorities Between Michigan and Canada: Glimpses of the Amerherstburg Missionary Baptist Association, paper sponsored by and presented at the Michigan Canadian Studies Roundtable Conference, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich., April, 2003.
Africanism Within the Protestant Black Church: A Historiography, paper presented at Diaspora Paradigms: Comparative Black History Conference, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., September 2001.
The Activism of the Black Church in Detroit: A Case Study of New Bethel Baptist Church and its Connection with the ‘Linwood Incident’, paper presented at the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History Conference, Los Angeles, Calif., November 1997.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
LBST 2000/2101 Western History and Culture
RELS 2108 Religion in American Culture
RELS 2600 Approaches to the Study of Religion
RELS 3050/AFRS 3050 Social Theory and Black Religious Thought
RELS 3230/AFRS 3050/HIST 3003 Race, Religion and Murder
RELS 3137/AFRS 3050 Contemporary African American Religion
RELS 3150/AFRS 3050/HIST 3000 African American Church/Civil Rights
RELS 4000 Religions of the African Diaspora
RELS 3232 Islam in the African Diaspora
RELS 4101/AFRS 4050 Radicals, Religion, and Liberation
RELS 4000 Black Religion and W.E.B. Du Bois
RELS 5000 Radicals, Religion, and Liberation
RELS 5000 Religions of the African Diaspora
RELS 6101 Approaches to the Study of Religion
RELS 6625 Seminar in American Religions
RELS 6671 Seminar in Theory and Method
UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE
Chair, Departmental Review Committee (2012-).
Committee Member, Curriculum Committee (2009- ).
Search Committee, Religion and Modern Culture vacancy (2008-09).
Moderator and panelist, Religious Studies Colloquium Series (2008-10).
Member, Ad Hoc Graduate Studies Committee (2007- ).
Coordinator, Witherspoon Lecture (2006).
Undergraduate advisor to majors (2005- ).
Search Committee Chair for Department of Religious Studies Chair Search Committee (2012-2013)
Committee Member, University Faculty Council (2012-2013)
Roundtable Participant, International House summer program entitled “Overcoming Contemporary Challenges in Islam for Professional Women.” Lecture to ten Islamic professional women visiting UNC-Charlotte from Kyrgyzstan (2008).
Public lecture, “Home of Strangers: Detroit’s Second Baptist Church and the Great Migration.” Sponsored by Second Baptist Church of Detroit, Detroit, Mich., March 2013.
Featured in Detroit News article, “Detroit’s Historic Second Baptist Church Celebrates its 177th Anniversary, March 15, 2013.
Featured in the documentary Sameness In Diversity: The Legacy And Promise of Charlotte’s Historic West End, produced by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission, (Spring 2012)
Featured in Raleigh News & Observer article “Two Faiths Tackle Black Struggles,” August 9, 2010.
Public lecture, “The African American Church in the Fight for Equality.” Part of the Divining America: Religion in American History Series sponsored by the Levine Museum of the New South and the National Humanities Council, February 28, 2010.
Featured in Charlotte Observer article “The Rites of Americans: Lecture Series Explores the History of Religious Diversity in the U.S. and Charlotte,” January 30, 2010.
Public lecture, “Legacies of Freedom: Forerunners to the Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Sponsored by the Tyvola Senior Center, Charlotte, N.C., January 18, 2010.
Featured Guest, “Presence of God” 100 Lite FM Radio. (2009-10).
Featured Religious Studies Professor in UNC Charlotte Magazine, v16 n4 q4 (2009).
Consultant, Equity Center Technical Advisory Group on Race, Edvanti, Inc. (2008).
Public lecture, “Lynching in America: Sacred Violence and Strange Justice” Sponsored by Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C., November 15, 2007.
Consultant, Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center and Co-Director of the Center for Education Services at Edvanti, Inc. (2007).