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Professor of English and Religious Studies
Ph.D. University of Washington
Office: Merrifield 122D
Interests: American Literature (fiction as social criticism; philosophy and literature; Pragmatism); African American Literature and Interdisciplinary Black Studies (Abolitionist era); Civil Rights era (Black Aesthetics Movement; political philosophy); Comparative Black Theologies (emphasis on Christian theology); Comparative Religions and Literatures; Bibles as Literature (Hebrew Bible (Tanakh), New Testament, narrative theory, redaction theory, hermeneutics, comparative frameworks); Jewish Theology and Jewish American literature; Literature of the American Left: socialist fiction; socialist theory and art; Audio Documentary (Public Humanities); Homeric Epic
Discussion and Resource Guide to accompany Race With History: Between Civil War and Civil Rights, a six-episode audio/radio documentary series produced by Creative Change Productions/Alan Lipke/Reality Works, and currently under national release by Public Radio International. San Francisco: Creative Change Productions, 2004. http://www.racewithistory.org/
Slavery. (overview and introductory essay) The African American Encyclopedia. Ed. R. Kent Rasmussen. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2001. Vol. 8, 2300-2311. (reprinted from 1993 edition)
Slave Religions (overview essay) The African American Encyclopedia Ed. R. Kent Rasmussen. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2001. Vol. 8, 2292-2295.
[Black] Abolitionist Movement (essay) The African American Encyclopedia. R, Kent Rasmussen. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2001. Vol. 1, 7-11.
The Souls of Black Folk (by W.E.B. Du Bois). World Philosophers and Their Work. Ed. John K. Roth. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2000. 531-534.
“Africana Constellations: African American Studies and Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” Approaches To Teaching Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Ammons, Elizabeth and Susan Belasco, eds. New York: Modern Language Association Press, 2000. 162-171.
“Dismantling the House of the Lord: Theology as Political Philosophy in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.” Journal of Religious Thought. Howard University, Summer-Fall, 1994, Vol 51, Number 1, 53-66
The Church in African American Life International Encyclopedia of Sociology. Ed. Frank Magill. London: Fitzroy Dearborn Pubs, 1996. (reprint)
Religion (overview and introductory essay on Comparative Religion) The Encyclopedia of Multiculturalism. Ed. Susan Auerbach. Marshall Cavendish Pubs, 1993: pgs. 1419-1427
“Shaking the Foundation: Liberation Theology in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.” Religion and Literature Summer 1992 Vol 24.2, 19-34.