Religious Studies, Race, and Justice

In a new initiative, the Religious Studies Program is gathering resources related to the engagement of religious studies (as a field) with race, diversity, and justice issues. Here is a preliminary collection of resources.


  • Blum, Edward J., Tracy Fessenden, Prema Kurien, and Judith Weisenfeld, eds. (2009) “Forum: American Religion and ‘Whiteness.’” *Religion and American Culture*. 19, no.1. (Winter): 1-35. DOI: 10.1525/rac.2009.19.1.1
  • Blum, Edward J., and Paul Harvey. (2014) *The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America*. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
  • Beliso-De Jesús, Aisha M. (2018) “Confounded Identities: A Meditation on Race, Feminism, and Religious Studies in Times of White Supremacy.”* Journal of the American Academy of Religion*. Vol. 86, no. 1 (June): 307-340.
  • Dutta, Mohan J. (2020) Whiteness, internationalization, and erasure: decolonizing futures from the Global South, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 17:2, 228-235, DOI: 10.1080/14791420.2020.1770825
  • Flores, Lisa A. & Logan Rae Gomez (2020) Disciplinary containment: whiteness and the academic scarcity narrative, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 17:2, 236-242, DOI: 10.1080/14791420.2020.1770818
  • Gerbner, Katharine. (2018) *Christian Slavery: Conversion and Race in the Protestant Atlantic World*. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Harvey, Paul, and Kathryn Gin Lum, eds. *The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Race in America*. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • Johnson, Sylvester A., and Edward E. Curtis, eds. (2015) “Roundtable: Black Lives Matter? Africana Religious Responses to State Violence.” *Journal of Africana Religion* 3, no. 4 (October): 442-515.
  • Nye, Malory. (2019) “Race and Religion: Postcolonial Formations of Power and Whiteness.” *Method and Theory in the Study of Religion*. 31, no. 3. (June): 210-237.
  • Joshi, Khyati Y. (2020) White Christian Privilege: *The Illusion of Religious Equality in America*. New York: New York University Press.
  • Schneider, Rachel C. and Sohpie Bjork-James. (2020). “Whither Whiteness and Religion? Implications for Theology and the Study of Religion.” JAAR 88, no. 1 (March): 175-199.
  • Yukich, Grace, and Penny Edgell, eds. (2020)* Religion is Raced: Understanding American Religion in the Twenty-First Century*. New York: New
  • York University Press.

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