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

Joseph R. Winters
Office Location:  303 Silverhawk Lane, Durham, NC 27703
Office Phone:  (919) 423-1911
Email Address:  send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2021):

  • Religion 201.01, Race, film, and religion Synopsis
    Gray 228, MW 12:00 PM-01:15 PM
    (also cross-listed as AAAS 201.01, GSF 201.01)
  • Religion 914.01, Modernity of religion Synopsis
    Tba, W 03:30 PM-06:00 PM

  • 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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