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:  303 Silverhawk Lane, Durham, NC 27703
Office Phone:  (919) 423-1911
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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.

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications

  1. Zamalin, A; Winters, JR; Olson, A; Njoya, W. "Toni Morrison and political theory." Contemporary Political Theory  vol. 19 no. 4 (December, 2020): 704-729. [doi]