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Joseph R. Winters, Alexander F. Hehmeyer Associate Professor

Joseph R. Winters
Office Location:  118 Gray Building, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 423-1911
Email Address:  send me a message

Teaching (Spring 2023):

  • Religion 389.01, Black religion and liberation Synopsis
    Gray 114, MW 12:00 PM-01:15 PM
    (also cross-listed as AAAS 399.01, GSF 399.01)
  • Aaas 690.01, Special topics Synopsis
    Friedl bdg 240, W 03:30 PM-06:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as GSF 590.01, RELIGION 690.01)

  • Ph.D. Princeton University 2009
  • B.A. Harvard University 1999


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.

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications
  1. Zamalin, A; Winters, JR; Olson, A; Njoya, W, "Toni Morrison and political theory". Contemporary Political Theory 19:4 (December, 2020): 704-729. [doi]

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