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Joseph R. WintersJoseph R. Winters  
Alexander F. Hehmeyer Associate Professor of Religious Studies and English and Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies

Office Location: 303 Silverhawk Lane, Durham, NC 27703
Office Phone: (919) 423-1911
Email Address: joseph.winters@duke.edu

Teaching (Spring, 2021):

  • Aaas 335.01, History of hip-hop Synopsis
    Online on, W 07:00 PM-09:30 PM
  • Aaas 602s.01, Blackness,social death,sacred Synopsis
    Online on, M 03:30 PM-06:00 PM


Ph.D., Princeton University

B.A., Harvard University

American Religious History
My research interests lie at the intersection of modern religious thought, African American religious thought, and critical theory. My work contributes to recent endeavors to re-imagine and expand our understanding of black religion, black piety, and black cultural practices. Using a dialogical approach, I examine black religious and literary thought in conversation with critical theory and continental philosophy. My research also draws from theories and approaches to religious studies. My first book, Hope Draped in Black: Race, Melancholy, and the Agony of Progress (Duke UP, 2016) challenges racial progress narratives by examining the relationship between remembrance, loss, and hope in black literature and aesthetic practices.

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