Lift Every Voice and Swing: Black Musicians and Religious Culture in the Jazz Century (New York: New York University Press, July 2020) (also on Amazon)
--Reviewed in Reading Religion: https://readingreligion.org/books/lift-every-voice-and-swing
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
“Mothers of the Movement: Evangelicalism and Religious Experience in Black Women’s Activism,” in ‘Evangelicalism: New Directions in Scholarship,’ ed. Randall Balmer and Edward J. Blum, Special issue of Religions 12 (2), 141 (2021): available https://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/12/2/141/htm.
“‘Deplorable Exegesis’: Dick Gregory’s Irreverent Scriptural Authority in the 1960s and 1970s,” Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation 30.2 (2020): 1-50, available https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/religion-and-american-culture/ar...
“‘Pulpit and Pew’: African American Humor on Irreverent Religious Participation in Negro Digest, 1943-1950,” Journal of Africana Religions 8.1 (2020): 1-36, available https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/jafrireli.8.1.0001. (PDF available here)
"'God's Spirit Lives in Me': Metaphysical Theology in Charleszetta 'Mother' Waddles’ Urban Mission to the Poor," Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 22.1 (August 2018): 5-33, available http://nr.ucpress.edu/content/22/1/5. (PDF available here)
“Performing, Representing, and Archiving Belief: Religious Expressions among Jazz Musicians,” Religions 7 (8), 108 (2016): available http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/7/8/108/html.
“‘An Authentic Record of My Race’: Exploring the Popular Narratives of African American Religion in the Music of Duke Ellington,” Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation 25.1 (2015): 1-36, available https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/rac.2015.25.1.1.
“Civil Rights Religion? Rethinking 1950s and 1960s Political Activism for African American Religious History,” Journal of Africana Religions 2.2 (2014): 211-243, available https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/jafrireli.2.2.0211. (PDF available here)
“The Hate That Hate Produced: Representing Black Religion in the Twentieth Century,” in A Companion to American Religious History, ed. Benjamin E. Park (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2021), 301-316. (contact for info)
Review of Alisha Lola Jones, Flaming? The Peculiar Theopolitics of Fire and Desire in Black Male Gospel Performance (New York: Oxford University Press, 2020), for American Religion 2.2 (Spring 2021): 145-147. (PDF available here)
Review of Emily Suzanne Clark and Brad Stoddard, Race and New Religious Movements in the USA: A Documentary Reader (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019), for Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 24.3 (Feb 2021): 121-122. (PDF available here)
Review of documentary film, Father’s Kingdom (2017), for Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 23.3 (Feb 2020): 114-116. (PDF available here)
Review of Tracy Fessenden, Religion Around Billie Holiday (Penn State University Press, 2018), for Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief (18 July 2019), available https://doi.org/10.1080/17432200.2019.1633084 (PDF available here).
Review of Ula Yvette Taylor, The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam (UNC, 2017), for Reading Religion: A Publication of the American Academy of Religion (2018), available http://readingreligion.org/books/promise-patriarchy.
Review of Lerone A. Martin, Preaching on Wax: The Phonograph and the Shaping of Modern African American Religion (NYU, 2014) for Journal of Religion and Culture 25 (2015): 111-115, available http://www.jrc-concordia.ca/preaching-on-wax-review/.
“Abraham Joshua Heschel,” “Mordecai Wyatt Johnson,” “George Dennis Sale Kelsey,” and “Benjamin Elijah Mays,” in The Martin Luther King, Jr., Encyclopedia, ed. Clayborne Carson, et al. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007).
Public Scholarly Engagement
"How to Think beyond ‘the Black Church’ and the Trope of Generational Rebellion,” The Black Church in American Public Life, the Berkley Forum, Georgetown University, co-sponsored by the Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice, Columbia University; April 8, 2021.
"Prosperity Meets the Poor: The Mission of Mother Waddles in Urban America,” Sacred Writes – Faithfully Magazine, October 8, 2020
“Keeping Duke Ellington Alive in Matter and in Spirit,” Sacred Matters: Religious Currents in Culture, July 22, 2020
"The Church of Jazz - An Interview with Author Vaughn Booker," 360° Sound, Jul 16, 2020
"Ask the Expert: The Meaning of Jazz," in Dartmouth Alumni Magazine (July-Aug 2020)
“Performance,” for the “A Universe of Terms” series, ed. Mona Oraby and Daniel Vaca, The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion and the Public Sphere, December 20, 2019
Interview with Tiffanie Wen on the future of religion, “Eight Dartmouth Professors Peer into the Future (It’s not all scary.),” in Dartmouth Alumni Magazine (May-Jun 2018)
"The False God of Nationalism," a piece for The New School's Public Seminar, January 9, 2018
A 2017 interview with Professor Judith Weisenfeld of Princeton University, discussing her book, New World A-Coming: Black Religion and Racial Identity during the Great Migration (NYU Pr.) in Religion & Politics.
Resource List for studying Race and Religion in American History, 2014