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Joseph R. Winters, Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of English and Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies

Joseph R. Winters
Contact Info:
Office Location:  710 Sidepark Street, Durham, NC 27703
Office Phone:  (919) 423-1911
Email Address:   send me a message
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Teaching (Summer2 2020):

  • Religion 248.01, Hip hop and religion Synopsis
    Tba, -
    (also cross-listed as AAAS 248.01, ENGLISH 299.01, GSF 299.01)
  • Aaas 890.01, Special topics Synopsis
    Tba, -
Teaching (Fall 2020):

  • Religion 399s.01, Baldwin and morrison Synopsis
    Online on, Tu 03:30 PM-06:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as AAAS 322S.01, ENGLISH 380S.01, GSF 402S.01)
  • Religion 912s.01, Theorizing religion Synopsis
    Online on, Th 03:30 PM-06:00 PM
  • Religion 999.01, Special readings Synopsis
    Tba, -

Ph.D.Princeton University2009
B.A. Harvard University1999

American Religious History
Research Interests: Religion and Critical Theory; African American Religious Thought; African American Literature; Continental Philosophy

Current projects: I am currently starting a project on hip hop, religion, and literature.

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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