ABSTRACT

Four years ago, with a strong sense of vocation, I arrived at a liberal arts college in the upper Midwest to begin my career in the professorate. Unfortunately, I came to realize that hard work and good intentions are often inadequate bulwarks against structural, cultural, and personal racisms. I had been hired as a tenure track assistant professor of religion. The job description to which I had initially responded read, “The [. . .] College Religion Department seeks tenure-track, assistant professor of religion with expertise in historical or social-scientific study of Christianity, with a preferred focus on African, African American, Asian or Latino/a American Christianity.” My areas of research and the subjects of my dissertation were African American and African Diasporic religious experience, with particular emphasis on anthropological, sociological, and philosophical approaches to religion and religious phenomenon.