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Scholarly Interest Report
         
Anthony B. Pinn
Professor
Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies
 
e-mail:pinn@rice.edu
 
  • BA Sociology (1986) Columbia University, New York City
  • Master of Divinity Theology (1989) Harvard University - Divinity School, Cambridge, MA
  • MA Study of Religion (1991) Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • PhD Study of Religion (1994) Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
 
Primary Department
   Department of Religion
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Department of Religion
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    Websites
     anthonypinn.com
     pinn.rice.edu
     The HERE Project
     HERE
     
    Research Areas
     African American Religions, African American Religious Thought, Religion in Popular Culture, African American Humanism
     
    "Research Statement"
     In my research, I am concerned with a central question: what is 'black' about black religion and what is 'religious' about black religion? In addressing this question, I give attention to descriptive discussions of various modalities of African American religious experience. In so doing, I want to present the diversity of religious experience within African American communities. I also give consideration to theoretical and methodological issues related to the study of black religion. My concern is with unpacking the complexities, exposing the 'thickness' of black religious thought and practice.
     
    Teaching Areas
     African American Religions, liberation theologies, major issues in contemporary theology
     
    Selected Publications
     Abstracts
     

    Anthony Pinn "Review of Conjure in African American Society." Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religion, Volume 10 (February 2007) : 128-130.

     
     

    "Liberation Theologies in the United States: A Primer."  (forthcoming)

     
     

    ""The Nation of Islam"." 

     
     Refereed articles
     

    “’Why Can’t I Be Both?’ Jean-Michel Basquiat and Aesthetics of Black Bodies Reconstituted,” Journal of Africana Religion, Volume 1, No. 1 (2013):  109-132.

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "Anthony Pinn and Paul Easterling, “Followers of Black Jesus on Alert: Thoughts on the Story of Tupac’s Life/Death/Life,” Black Theology: An International Journal, Vol. 7, No 1 (2009): 31-44.." 

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Sweaty Bodies in a Circle: Thoughts on the Subtle Dimensions of Black Religion as Protest,"." Black Theology: An International Journal (2006) : 20.In Press

     
     Articles
     

    “Pauli Murray’s Triadic Strategy of Engagement,” response essay, roundtable, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Volume 29, Number 1 (Spring 2013): 160-164.

     
     

    Review Essay of W. E. B. Du Bois, An American Prophet by Edward Blum, Divine Discontent by Jonathon Kahn and Tragic Soul Life by Terrence Johnson, The Journal of Religion, submitted.

     
     

    Anthony Pinn ""Living Life: African Americans and Humanism"." 

     
     

    Anthony Pinn ""Pauli Murray's Triadic Strategy of Engagement,"." In Press

     
     

    Anthony Pinn ""Politics and the Limits of Religious Optimism"." 

     
     

    Anthony Pinn ""Suffering We Know: The Hermeneutic of Han and the Dilemma of African American (Religious) Experience"." 

     
     

    Anthony Pinn ""The Difference Between Screams and Shouts: Thoughts on African American Theology and Black Suffering as Moral Evil"." 

     
     

    Anthony Pinn ""Thoughts on What Humanists Might Learn from Hip Hop"." 

     
     

    “’Why Can’t I Be Both?’ Jean-Michel Basquiat and Aesthetics of Black Bodies Reconstituted,” Journal of Africana Religion, Volume 1, Issue 3, submitted.

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "Living Li(f)e: African Americans and Humanism." Submitted

     
     

    “Finding, Keeping, and…Wanting One’s Place:  Thoughts on a ‘Darkening’ Academy and Epistemology of ‘Community’,” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, Volume 2, Issue 2.3 (January 2011): 1-12.

     
     

     

    “Naming What We Want:  Thoughts on Religious Vocabulary and the Desire for Quality of Life,” special issue of Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, submitted.

     
     

    Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion.

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "Anthony B. Pinn, “African American Religion: Post-Civil Rights Era Developments” in Encyclopedia of Religion in America, edited by Charles Lippy and Peter Williams (Washington, DC: CQ Press).." Submitted

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn "Black Theology: A Survey of Its Past, Present, and Future." Religious Compass (2008)

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn "Thoughts on Martin Luther King Jr.'s God, Humanist Sensibilities, and Moral Evil." Theology Today, Volume 65 (2008) : 57-66.

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "Bling and Blessings: Thoughts on the Intersections of Rap Music and Religious Meaning." CrossCurrents, Volume 57 (Summer 2007) : 289-295.

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "God of Restraint: An African American Humanist Interpretation of Nimrod and the Tower of Babel." African American Religious Life and the Story of Nimrod

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "Jesus and Justice: An Outline of Liberation Theology Within Black Churches." CrossCurrents (Summer 2007) : 218-226.

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "King and the Civil Rights Movement: Thoughts on the Aesthetics of Social Transformation." Submitted

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "On a Mission from God: African American Music and the Nature/Meaning of Conversion and Religious Life." Between Sacred and Profane: Researching Religion and Popular CultureIn Press

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "Thoughts on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s God, Humanist Sensibilities, and Moral Evil." Theology TodayIn Press

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "Warm Bodies, Cold Currency: Religion's Response to Poverty." In Press

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "Watching the Body with New Eyes: Womanist Thought's Contribution to a Humanist Notion of Ritual." CrossCurrentsIn Press

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "When Demons Come Calling: Dealing with the Devil and Paradigms of Life in African American Music." The Lure of the Dark Side: Satan and Western Demonology in Popular CultureIn Press

     
     

    Anthony Pinn and Paul Easterling "Followers of Black Jesus on Alert: Thoughts on the Story of Tupac's Life/Death/Life." Black Theology: An International JournalIn Press

     
     

    "Black Theology: A Survey of Its Past, Present and Future." Religious CompassIn Press

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Sweaty Bodies in a Circle: Thoughts on the Subtle Dimensions of Black Religion as Protest"." Black Theology: An International Journal (2006) : 11-26.

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn and Derek Hicks ""Theodicy"."  (2007) In Press

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Daniel Alexander Payne"." Dictionary of Modern Ameican Philosophers (2005) : 2.

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""James Cone"." Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers (2005) : 3.

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Josephy R. Wasington"." Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers (2005) : 2.

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Major J. Jones"." Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers (2005) : 1.

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Pauli Murray"." Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers (2005) : 5.

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Pauli Murray"." Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers (2005) : 5.

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Religio-Theological Formations and the (Re)Making of Black Kenyan Bodiexs: An African American's perspective"." Africana Studies: A Review of Social Science Research, 1 (2005) : 20.

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""The Nation of Islam"." The Encyclopedia of Relgion (2005) : 15.

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn "Henry McNeal Turner." Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers (2005) : 2.

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn "Revery C. Ransom." 

     
     

    Anthony Pinn ""Black Is, Black Ain't: Victor Anderson, African American Theological Thought, and Identity"." Dialog: A Journal of Theology, Volume 43, Number 1 (2004) : 8.

     
     

    Anthony Pinn ""Computer Chips and the Changing Shape of Life"." The Other Side, Vol. 40, No. 4 (2004) : 2.

     
     

    Anthony Pinn ""Henry McNeal Turner"."  (2005) : 3.Submitted

     
     

    Anthony Pinn ""James H. Cone"."  (2005) : 4.Submitted

     
     

    Anthony Pinn ""Joseph R. Washington"."  (2005) : 3.Submitted

     
     

    Anthony Pinn ""Religio-Theological Formations and the (Re) Making of Black Kenyan Bodies: An African American's Perspective"." Africana Studies: A Review of Social Science Research (2005) : 25.Submitted

     
     

    Anthony Pinn ""Reverdy C. Ransom"."  (2005) : 3.Submitted

     
     Books
     

    Death for Life:  A Novel (Pitchstone Publishing), submitted.

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "Introducing African American Religion." 

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "What Has the Black Church to Do With Public Life?." 

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "What Is Humanism and Why Does It Matter?." 

     
     

    Writing God’s Obituary:  How a Good Methodist Became a Better Atheist (Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books), forthcoming.

     
     

    CERCL Writing Collective (Anthony Pinn et al) "Breaking Bread, Breaking Beats: Churches and Hip Hop." Submitted

     
     

    Katie G. Cannon and Anthony Pinn "The Oxford Handbook of African American Theology." In Press

     
     

    Monica Miller and Anthony Pinn "The Hip Hop and Religion Reader." In Press

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "Introducing African American Religion." Submitted

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "The End of God-Talk: An African American Humanist Theology." 

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "What Is African American Religion?." 

     
     

    Anthony Pinn, editor "What Is Humanism and Why Does It Matter?." Submitted

     
     

    Embodiment and the New Shape of Black Theological Thought (New York:  New York University Press, 2010).

     
     

    The End of God Talk, Oxford University Press.

     
     

    Understanding and Transforming the Black Church (Eugene, OR:  Cascade Books, 2010).

     
     

    What Is African American Religion? (Minneapolis:  Fortress Press).

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn, editor. "The Encyclopedia of African American Religious Culture, Two Volumes." 

     
     

    Anthony Pinn and Benjamin Valentin, editors. "Creating Ourselves: African Americans and Latino/as, Popular Culture, and Religious Expression." 

     
     

    Stacey Floyd-Thomas and Anthony Pinn, editors. "Liberation Theologies in the United States: An Introduction." In Press

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn "Becoming America's Problem Child: An Outline of Pauli Murray's Religious Life and Theology."  (2008)

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "Becoming America's Problem Child: An Outline of Pauli Murray's Religious Life and Theology." In Press

     
     

    "Black Religion and Aesthetics: Religious Thought and Life in Africa and the African Diaspora."  (forthcoming)

     
     

    "Special Issue on Religion and Hip Hop Culture." Culture & Religion, Volume 10 (forthcoming)

     
     

    "The Encyclopedia of African American Religious Culture."  (forthcoming)

     
     

    "Pauli Murray: Selected Sermons and Writings."  (2006)

     
     

    "People of African Descent and the Story of Nimrod."  (2007) In Press

     
     

    "Related to Ecclesiastes: Short Stories."  (2007) In Revision

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn "The African American Religious Experience in America."  (2005) : 349.

     
     

    "The Westminter Dictionary of African American Religious Thought and Life."  (2008)

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn "African American Humanist Principles: Living and Thinking Like the Children of Nimrod."  (Fall 2004) : 144.

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "African American Religious Experience in America."  (2005) : 300.In Revision

     
     Editor of books
     

    Anthony Pinn,editor. "What Is Humanism, and Why Does It Matter?." In Press

     
     

    Anthony Pinn, editor.  "The Colors of Humanism"  a special issue of journal Essays in Philosophical Humanism, submitted.

     
     

    Teaching and Studying the Americas (New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

     
     

     Encyclopedia of Religion in America, 4 Volumes (Washington, DC:  CQ Press, 2010).

     
     

    Liberation Theologies in the United States:  An Introduction (New York:  New York University Press, 2010).

     
     

    Anthony Pinn and Allen Callahan "African American Religious Life and the Story of Nimrod."  (2007)

     
     

    Anthony Pinn and Benjamin Valentin "Creating Ourselves: African Americans and Latino/as, Popular Culture, and Religious Expression." 

     
     

    Anthony Pinn and Benjamin Valentin "Creating Ourselves: African Americans and Latino/as, Popular Culture, and Religious Expression." In Revision

     
     

    Anthony Pinn and Gregory Colleton "Life Sentences: Short Stories."  (2007)

     
     

    Anthony Pinn and Dwight Hopkins, editors. "Loving the Body: Black Religious Studies and the Erotic."  (2004) : 380.

     
     

    Rebecca Moore, Anthony Pinn, Mary Sawyer, editors "Peoples Temple and Black Religion in America."  (2004) : 204.

     
     Book chapters
     

    “Humanism as a Guide to Life Meaning,” in Anthony Pinn, editor. What Is Humanism, and Why Does It Matter? (London: Acumen, 2013), 28-42.

     
     

    “Naming What We Want:  Thoughts on Religious Vocabulary and the Desire for Quality of Life,” in Mary Fulkerson and Rosemary Carbine, editors. Theological Perspectives on Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 101-108.

     
     

    Anthony Pinn ""Humanism as a Guide to Life Meaning"." In Press

     
     

    Anthony Pinn ""Looking For Me? Jesus Images, Christology, and the Limitations of Theological Blackness"." 

     
     

    Anthony Pinn ""Naming What We Want: Thoughts on Religious Vocabulary and the Desire for Quality of Life"." Submitted

     
     

    Anthony Pinn ""Race, Religion, and Theological Discourse"." 

     
     

    “Looking For Me?  Jesus Images, Christology, and the Limitations of Theological Blackness,” in George Yancy, editor. Christology and Whiteness:  What Would Jesus Do? (Routledge), submitted.

     
     

    “Humanism as a Guide to Life Meaning,” in Anthony Pinn, editor. What Is Humanism, and Why Does It Matter? (Equinox/Acumen), submitted.

     
     

    “Maps of Meaning:  Black Bodies and African Spirituality as African Diaspora Trope,” in Marcia Riggs and James Logan, editors.  Ethics That Matter (Fortress Press, 2011), 11-21.

     
     

    “Setting the Price:  African American Religious Praxis and Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship,” in Stacey Floyd-Thomas and Miguel De La Torre, editors.  Beyond the Pale:  Reading Christian Ethics from the Margins (Westminster John Knox Press, 2011), 137-144.

     
     

    “Suffering We Know:  The Hermeneutic of Han and the Dilemma of African American (Religious Experience),” special issue of Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, submitted.

     
     

    “The Economy of Black Churches and the Shortcomings of Theology,” in R. Drew Smith, editor, From Every Mountainside:  Black Churches and Civil Rights Beyond the Southern Movement (Albany:  State University of New York Press), submitted.

     
     

    “William Roland Jones,” in Mark D. Morrison-Reed, editor.  Darkening the Doorways (Boston:  Skinner House, 2011), 238-244.

     
     

    dj          "Race, Religion, and Theological Discourse," in Stephen Stein, editor.  Cambrdige History of Religion in America (New York:  Cambridge University Press), submitted.

     
      

    “Black Theology,” in Stacey Floyd-Thomas and Anthony B. Pinn, editors, Liberation Theologies in the United States:  An Introduction (New York University Press, 2010), 15-36.

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn, “Introduction:  Forging African American Religious Cultures,” in Encyclopedia of African American Religious Cultures, edited by Anthony B. Pinn (Santa Barbara, CA:  ABC-CLIO, 2009), xiii-xxxiii.

     
     

                 Setting the Price:  African American Religious Praxis and Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship,” in Stacey Floyd-Thomas and        Miguel De La Torre, editors.  Beyond the Pale:  Reading Christian Ethics from the Margins (Westminster John Knox Press), submitted.

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn, “African American Religion:  Post-Civil Rights Era Developments” in Encyclopedia of Religion in America, Charles Lippy and Peter Williams, editors, and Randall Balmer, Kathleen Flake, Philip Goff, Paula Kane, Timothy Matovina, Anthony Pinn, Jonathan Sarna, associate editors (Washington, DC:  CQ Press, 2010), 43-51.

     
     

    “Hip Hop, Don’t Stop…I Mean, Praise the Lord!  Some Thoughts on the Challenges of Making Churches Hip Hop Friendly,” in Stacey Floyd-Thomas and Forrest Harris, editors. The Black Churches 11th Hour (Abingdon Press), submitted.

     
     

    “King and the Civil Rights Movement:  Thoughts on the Aesthetics of Social Transformation” in Robert Franklin and Timothy Jackson, eds., Companion to Martin L. King, Jr. (Cambridge University Press), forthcoming.

     
     

    Anthony Pinn " “When Demons Come Calling: Dealing with the Devil and Paradigms of Life in African American Music,” in Christopher Partridge and Eric Christianson, editors, The Lure of the Dark Side: Satan and Western Demonology in Popular Culture (London: Equinox, 2009), 60-73.." 

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "“Bodies–American Made: The 2008 Presidential Election and the Possibility of a New Politics of Race” in Marvin A. McMickle, editor, The Audacity of Faith (Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 2009), 118-122.." 

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "“Charting DuBois’ Souls: Thoughts on ‘Veiled’ Bodies, Celebratory Skepticism, and the Study of Religion,” The Souls of W. E. B. DuBois: New Essays and Reflections, edited by Edward Blum and Jason Young (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2009), 69-84. ." 

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "“Hip Hop, Don’t Stop…I Mean, Praise the Lord! Some Thoughts on the Challenges of Making Churches Hip Hop Friendly,” in Stacey Floyd-Thomas and Forrest Harris, editors. The Black Churches 11th Hour (Abingdon Press)." Submitted

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "“King and the Civil Rights Movement: Thoughts on the Aesthetics of Social Transformation” in Robert Franklin and Timothy Jackson, eds., Companion to Martin L. King, Jr. (Cambridge University Press). ." Submitted

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "“Warm Bodies, Cold Currency: Religion’s Response to Poverty,” in Peter Paris, editor. Religion and Poverty: Pan-African Perspectives (Durham: Duke University Press, 2009), 228-246. ." 

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn "African American Humanism in Practice and Thought."  (2008) : 51-64.

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn "African American Humanism in Practice and Thought."  (2008) : 51-64.In Press

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn "Reading the Signs: The Body as Non-Written Text."  (2008) : 79-94.In Press

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn "Reading the Signs: The Body as Non-Written Text."  (2008) : 79-94.

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "Charting DuBois' Souls: Thoughts on Veiled Bodies, Celebratory Skepticism, and the Study of Religion." The Souls of W. E. B. DuBois: New Essays and ReflectionsIn Press

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "Overview of the Major African American Denominations: 1750-1850." Preaching with Sacred FireIn Press

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""African American Humanism in Practice and Thought"."  (2007) In Press

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Blessed Irreverence: What Black Theology Can Learn from the Visual Arts"."  (2006)

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Charting DuBois' Souls: Thoughts on 'Veiled Bodies, Celebratory Skepticism, and the Study of Religion"."  (2007) In Press

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Reading the Signs: The Body as Non-Written Text,"." Being Black, Teaching Black (2006) : 20.In Press

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Shouting at an Angry Sky: Thoughts on Natural Disaster as a Theological Challenge,"."  (2006)

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""What's the Theological Equivalent of a 'Manish Boy'?: Learning a Lesson from Womanist Scholarship"."  (2006)

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""overivew of the Major African American Denominations: 1750-1850"."  (2007) In Press

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn and Stephen Angell ""Foreword for Nicole von Germeten's Black Blood Brothers"."  (2006)

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Blessed Irreverence: What Black Theology Can Learn from the Visual Arts,"." The Subjective Eye: Essays in Culture, Religion, and Gender (2006) : 20.In Press

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Charting DuBois' Souls: Thoughts on 'Veiled' Bodies, Celebratory Skepticism, and the Study of Religion"."  (2006) : 25.Submitted

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Overview of the Major African American Denominations: 1750-1850,"." I Can Feel My Help: African American Preaching, 1645-2002, A Norton Anthology (2006) : 30.In Press

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""What's The Theological Equivalent of a 'Manish Boy'?: Learning a Lesson from Womanist Scholarship,"." Delving Deeper Shades of Purple: Charting Twenty Years of Womanist Approaches in Religion and Society (2006) : 20.In Press

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn "The American Academy of Religion Career Guide for Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession."  (forthcoming) : 15.Submitted

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn "The American Academy of Religion Career Guide for Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession."  (forthcoming) : 15.Submitted

     
     

    Anthony ""Overview of the Major African American Denominations: 1750-1850"."  (2005) : 30.Submitted

     
     Book reviews
     

    Anthony Pinn "Review of Afro-Ecccentricity, Religion and Literature, 44.1 (Spring 2012): 217-219.." 

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "Review of The History and Heritage of African-American Churches, Journal of Southern History, Volume LXXVIII, No. 2 (May 2012): 458-459.." 

     
     

    Review of Afro-Eccentricity:  Beyond the Standard Narrative of Black Religion, by William David Hart, Religion and Literature, submitted.

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "Review essay of After Redemption, by John Giggie and Daddy Grace, by Marie Dallam in Journal of American Ethnic History, Volume 28, No. 2 (Winter 2009): 100-104.." 

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "Review Essay of How Race Is Made, What's Faith Got to Do With it?, Being Human, and Colored Pictures." Religious Studies Review, Volume 33 (January 2007) : 1-8.

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "Review of Call Me the Seeker: Listening to Religion in Popular Culture." Church History, Volume 76 (May 2007) : 228-230.

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "Review of The Rise and Demise of Black Theology." Journal of Contemporary ReligionIn Press

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "Review of What's Faith Got to Do with It?." Journal of Contemporary Religion, Volume 22 (May 2007) : 275-277.

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Review Essay of How Race Is Made by Mark Smith; Being Human by Dwight Hopkins; What's Faith Got to Do With It? by Kelly Brown Douglass; and Colored Pictures by Michael Harris"." Religious Studies Review (2007) In Press

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Review of Call Me the Seeker by Michael J. Gilmour"." Church History (2007) In Press

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Review of Conjure in African American Society by Jeffrey E. Anderson"." Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religion (2007) In Press

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Review of Freedom's Coming by Paul Harvey"." Journal of American History (2006)

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Review of The Passion of the Lord, edited by James A. Noel and Matthew V. Johnson"." Free Inquiry Magazine (2006)

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Review of The Rise and Demise of Black Theology by Alistair Kee"." Journal of Contemporary Religion (2007) In Press

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Review of What's Faith Got To Do With It? By Kelly Brown Douglas"." Journal of Contemporary Religion (2007)

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn ""Review of What's Faith Got To Do With It? By Kelly Brown Douglas"." Journal of Contemporary Religion (2007) In Press

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn "Review of Freedom's Coming: Religious Culture and the Shaping of the South from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Era"." Journal of American History (forthcoming) : 3.In Press

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn "Review of New Day Begun." Journal of Southern Religion: 3.In Press

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn "Review of The Passion of the Lord: African American Reflections." Free Inquiry, 26 (2005/2006) : 2.

     
     

    Anthony Pinn ""Review of God, Evil, and Innocent Suffering: A Theological Reflection"." Modern Theology, Vol. 20, No. 3 (2004) : 3.

     
     

    Anthony Pinn ""Review of New Day Begun"." Journal of Southern Religion (2005) : 4.In Press

     
     

    Anthony Pinn ""Review of The Sage of Tawawa: Reverdy Cassius Ransom"." The Journal of Souther History, Vol. 70, No. 4 (2004) : 2.

     
     Other
     

    “Afterword,” Stephen Finley, Margarita Guillory, and Hugh Page, editors.  “There Is a Mystery:  Esotericism, Gnosticism, and Mysticism in African American Religious Experience (under contract with Koninklijke Brill NV), submitted.

     
     

    “The Problem with Black Church in the Public Arena,” Tikkun Daily, March 11, 2013.  Address: http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2013/03/11/the-problem-with-black-churches-in-the-public-arena/

     
     

    Anthony Pinn, editor. "The Colors of Humanism, special issue of Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism." 

     
     

    Anthony Pinn "“Rap Music, Culture, and Religion: Concluding Thoughts,” in Anthony B. Pinn and Monica Miller, co-editors, special issue on Religion and Hip Hop Culture, Culture and Religion, Volume 10, Issue 1 (March 2009): 97-108. ." 

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn and Stephen Angell "Foreword for Where Men are Wives and Mothers Rule: Santeria Ritual Practices and Their Gender Implications."  (2005) : 2.

     
     

    Anthony B. Pinn and Stephen Angell "Foreword to From Garvey to Marley: Rastafari Theology."  (2005) : 2.

     
     

    Anthony Pinn and Stephen Angell "Foreword to Black Blood Brothers."  (forthcoming) : 2.In Press

     
     

    Anthony Pinn and Stephen Angell ""Foreword"."  (2005) : 2.Submitted

     
     

    Anthony Pinn and Stephen Angell ""Foreword"."  (2005) : 2.Submitted

     
     

    Anthony Pinn and Stephen Angell ""Foreword"."  (2005) : 2.Submitted

     
     

    Anthony Pinn and Stephen Angell ""Foreword"."  (2005) : 2.Submitted

     
    Presentations
     Invited Papers
     

    "Humanism and Ethics." (April 13, 2013)

     
     

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    “Body Language:  Embodiment, Materiality, and the Reframing of African American Religion,” Plenary lecture, “Social Justice Speaker & Trainer Series,” University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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    “Theism and the Negotiation of Public Desire,” Ethics Section, American Academy of Religion National Meeting, November 19, 2012.

     

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    ""When Tupac Becomes Pastor: Rap Music and the Re-imagining of Black Relgious Thought and Life"." Sutyding Religion and Popular Music Conference, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. (May 27, 2005)

     
     Invited Talks
     

    "African American Humanism and Theology." (February 26, 2013)

     
     

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    “Racial Diversity and Our Fight Against Theism,” Skepticon, Springfield, MO, Nov. 11, 2012.

     

     

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    “Taking Up Space:  The Importance of Embodiment for the Study of African American Religion,” Adam Lecture in Humanities, San Diego State University, November 8, 2010.

     
     

    “Do Bodies Matter? Studying African American Religion in the 21st Century -- Challenges and Opportunities,” Kirk Lecture, University of Denver, April 22, 2010.

     
     

    “Putting the Bible Down:  How a Born-Again Preacher Became a Committed Humanist,” First Unitarian Universalist Church of Lubbock, Lubbock, Texas, October 24, 2010.

     
     

    “The Wright Way?  Religion and Race in the Age of Obama,” Dorothy McLarty Arts & Lecture Series, Texas Technical University, Lubbock, Texas, October 23, 2010.

     
     

    “Thinking about Graduate Education, and Beyond,” Mellon Mays Dinner Presentation-Q&A, Rice University, November 9, 2010.

     
     

    "“Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz and the Sources for Doing Theology,” American Academy of Religion Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.." (, November 7, 2009)

     
     

    "“African American Humanism: Past, Present and Future,” Atheist Alliance International 2009 Convention, Burbank, CA.." (October 2, 2009)

     
     

    "“Religion, Black Bodies and the ‘Look” of Civil Rights Struggle,” Colby College.." (, Feb.10, 2009)

     
     

    "“The Nature and Meaning of African American Humanism,” Ethical Culture Society, New York City.." (August 16, 2009)

     
     

    "“The ‘Look’ of Freedom: Embodiment and the Nature and Meaning of Black Religion,” University of Minnesota.." (, February 20, 2009)

     
     

    "“What’s Religious about Rap Music?” DePauw University.." (, October 30, 2009)

     
     

    "A Conversation with Anthony Pinn." American Academy of Religion/Rethinking Religion Consultation, Chicago. (November 3, 2008)

     
     

    "Black Theology in the United States: The History and Future of a Movement." University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. (September 19, 2007)

     
     

    "Covenant and the Transformative Possibility of Fantasy." International Unitarian Universalist Dialogue/Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (June 29, 2008)

     
     

    "Dressing for Success: Religion and Aesthetics of Civil Rights Protest." Distinguished Visitors Program, Haverford College. (April 24, 2008)

     
     

    "Hip-Hop, Don't Stop!...I Mean, Praise the Lord! Thoughts on the Challenge of Making Black Churches Hip-Hop Friendly." 4th Annual State of the Black Church Summit/The National Black Church Studies Forum, Dallas, Texas. (March 28, 2008)

     
     

    "Is There a Unitarian Universalist Theology?." Unitarian Universalist Scholars and Friends Discussion, American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA. (November 18,m 2007)

     
     

    "Looking Good and Changing Minds: The Aesthetics of Social Protest as Religion-Based Activism." 2008 Arts & Humanities Forum Keynote Address, Midland Lutheran College. (April 19, 2008)

     
     

    "Religion in Context: Thoughts on the Nature of Black Religion and the Meaning of the Black Church." Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas. (May 9, 2007)

     
     

    "What is Black about Black Religion and What is Religious about Black Religion?." 2008 Arts & Humanities Forum, Midland Lutheran College. (April 19, 2008)

     
     

    ""Black Religion, Religious Leadership and the Public"." Center for Religion, the Professions, and the Public at the University of Missouri- Columbia, Columbia, Missouri. (June 16, 2006)

     
     

    ""Exodus Metaphors and Black Religious Culture"." Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX. (March 21, 2006)

     
     

    ""Rap Music and Religious Cartography"." Concordia College, Morehead, MN. (February 12, 2006)

     
     

    ""The Consequences of Talking Tall, but Thinking Small"." Emory University, Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, GA. (February 16, 2006)

     
     

    ""Building Towers Without Shame: African American Humanism and the Challenge of Nimrod's Irreverence for Black Religious Life and Thought"." Collequim for African American Research, Universite Francois - Rabelais, Tours, France. (April 24, 2005)

     
     

    ""Building Towers Without Shame: African American Humanism and the Challenge of Nimrod's Irreverence for Black Religoius Life and Thought"." The Colleguim for African American Research, Universite Francois - Rabelais, Tours, France. (April 24, 2005)

     
     

    ""Flesh Made Beautiful: African American Humanism and the Celebration of the Body a 'Salvific Act,"." Third International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, New Hall College, Cambridge University. (August 2, 2005)

     
     

    ""More than Meets the Eye: The Nature and Meaning of Black Religion,"." University of Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany. (July 6, 2005)

     
     

    ""Sweat Poured Down: Black Religion, Ritual Activity, and the Survival of the Black Community,"." University of Michigan - Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan. (February 15, 2005)

     
     

    ""The Significance of Sweat: Thoughts on the Sbutle Dimensions of Black Religion as Protest,"." Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. (April 29, 2005)

     
     

    ""A Dream Deferred?: Oppression and African American Churches After Martin L. King, Jr."." New York Theological Seminary, New York City. (January 6, 2004)

     
     

    ""Change or Die: Thoughts on Revising the Black Church's Approach to Liberation and Its Appreciation for the Black Body"." Bethel AME Church, Baltimore, Maryland. (May 11, 2004)

     
     

    ""Don't Do That!: Black Theology's Troubled Relationship with Sexuality"." University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom. (October 22, 2004)

     
     

    ""Lessons from the Book of Thug-ology: Rap Music on Black Bodies and Black Religion"." Knox College, (April 8, 2004)

     
     

    ""Religious Protest After the Dream: African American Religion's Response to Poverty in the Post-Civil Rights Era"." Mississippi State University, (February 25, 2004)

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    "King Lecture

     ." (Feb. 4, 2013)

     
     

    "

    “What Are We to Each Other?  Thoughts on Ethics in the Age of ‘Nones’,” Keynote Address, “Living Humanism Symposium,” Lewis & Clark College, February 23, 2012.

    ." (February 23, 2012)

     
     

    "

    “What Is African American Religion?” The Fifteenth Annual R. V. Moore Lecture, Bethune Cookman University, February 17, 2012.

    ." (February 17, 2012)

     
     

    Finding a Place to Stand: Thoughts on the Academy, the Church, and Community Engagement,” Keynote Address, Cultural Reflections on African American Religious Experience Conference, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, PA, April 16, 2010.

     
     

    ""Popular Culture and the Doing of Black Theology"." "Association of Theological Schools", Pittsburgh, PA. (October 15, 2006)

     
     

    ""Cartography and the Children of the Americas: Towards a Reconfiguring of Religious Studies as Dialogical Enterprise,"." Fund for Theological Education and the Hispanic Theological Initiative, Philadelphia. (November 18, 2005)

     
     Lectures
     

    “Reading the Signs of the Times:  Religion, Black Bodies, and Culture,” Kelly Miller Institute Program, Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Nashville University, November 16, 2013.

     
     

    “What Music Tells Us About Religion in the Age of the ‘Nones’,” Rothko Chapel, Houston, Texas, October 24, 2013.

     
     

    "

    “The Art of Henry Tanner:  Historical and Cultural Context,”   Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

     

    ." (Oct. 23, 2012)

     
     

    "

    Panelist, “Race, Religion and the 2012 Elections,” Social Sciences Research Institute – Religion and Public Life Program – Rice University, October 22, 2012.

     

    ."

     
      

    “African American Theology and the Shape of Black Church Politics,” First Unitarian Universalist Church, Houston, Texas, October 19, 2010.

     
     

    “Black Community/ Black Consciousness: Religion as a Response to Dehumanizing Images,” We Who Believe conference, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, TN, October 1, 2010.

     
     

    “Cultural Capital and Cultivating Our Craft:  Self-Identity and the Job Market” (an interview with Anthony Pinn), African American Working Group, Society of Christian Ethics annual meeting, San Jose, California, January 9, 2010.

     
     

    “Leading the Struggle in New Bodies:  Race, Gender, and African American Religious Aesthetics in the Civil Rights Struggle,” Third International Global Studies Conference, Pusan National University, Busan, South Korea, June 21, 2010.

     
     

    “Music and the Movement of African Americans,” American Baptist College, Nashville, TN, March 22, 2010.

     
     

    “Religion Matters:  Martin L. King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the Theological Opinions that Shaped Civil Rights Activism,” Jung Center, Houston, Texas, November 5, 2010.

     
      

    “The Blues as a Way of Life:  Thoughts on the History and Meaning of African American Humanism,” St. Louis Ethical Culture Society, St. Louis, Missouri, October 17, 2010.

     
     

    “The Blues as a Way of Life:  Reflections on the Nature and Meaning of African American Humanism,” Universiteit voor Humanistiek, Utrecht, Netherlands, December 14, 2010.

     
     

    “When Bodies Matter:  Materiality and the Re-framing of the Moral Agent,” Vanderbilt Divinity School, April 26, 2010.

     
     

    "Religious Pluralism in African American Communities: Part I and II." University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. (September 17 and 20, 2007)

     
     

    "The Nature and Arrangement of Black Religion." African American Studies Seminar Lecture Series, University of Houston, Houston, Texas. (February 12, 2007)

     
     

    "The Nature and Arrangement of Black Religion." African American Studies Seminar Lecture Series, University of Houston, Houston, Texas. (February 12, 2007)

     
     

    ""Doing Humanism: Reflections on the Nature and Practice of African American Humanism" The 13th Annual Alexander Lincoln Memorial Lecture." Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. (December 4, 2006)

     
     

    invited lecturer.  ""Four Presentations on Black Theology and Black Religion"." Drew University School of Theology, Madison, NJ. (February 22-25, 2006)

     
     

    ""Black Theology as a Critique of Black Church Thought and Practice"." Ashland Theological Seminary (McCreary Center),

     
     

    ""Black Theology as a Critique of Black Church Thought and Practice,"." Ashland Theological Seminary (McCreary Center), Cleveland, Ohio. (September 20, 2005)

     
     

    ""Black Theology in Historical Perspective"." Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas. (Setepmber 13, 2005)

     
     

    ""Humanism and Theological Ethics"." Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas. (April 7, 2005)

     
     

    ""The Black Church and Black Theology: Is Synergy Possible?"." Ashland Theological Seminary (McCreary Center), Cleveland, Ohio. (September 19, 2005)

     
     

    ""Why I wrote Why, Lord?"." Hunter College, New York. (November 8, 2005)

     
     Other
     

    ""Are Blacks Cursed?: Reflecting on Hurricane Katrina"." WM 95.6 FM (BBC) Birmingham, United Kingdom, Birmingham, United Kingdom. (September 3, 2005)

     
     

    ""Christainty and Homosexuality"." 90.1 KPFT Radio, Houston, Texas. (December 9, 2005)

     
     

    ""Interview with Dr. Richard Cooper"." WURT 900 AM Philadelphia, Houston, Texas. (February 18, 2005)

     
     

    ""Issues RElated to the African Diaspora"." WM 95.6 FM (BBC) Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom. (May 28, 2005)

     
     

    ""Issues Related to the African Diaspora,"." WM 95.6 FM (BBC) Birmingham,

     
     

    ""Promote Healthy Options"." Vital Theology, (Septemb er 25, 2005)

     
     

    ""Religion and Hurricane Katrina"." BBC Interview, Houston, Texas. (September 2, 2005)

     
     

    "Interview with Juan Williams." NPR (Morning Edition), Houston, Texas. (May 4, 2005)

     
     

    ""Interview on Gospel Music"." Britian Channel 4, United Kingdom. (October 22, 1004)

     
     

    ""Undressed and Exposed: Lectures on Beauty and the Body in Black Religion"." Williams College, Williamstown, MA. (Spring 2004)

     
     

    ""Why I Wrote Terror and Triumph"." University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom. (October 22, 2004)

     
     Panelist
     

    Wake Forest University, April 19, 2013.

     
     

    “The Gaps in Black and Womanist Theology,” American Academy of Religion National Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, November 25, 2013.

     
     

    "

     “Religion and the Body:  Considerations and Concerns,” Religion and Body Group, American Academy of Religion National Meeting, Chicago, November 18, 2012.

    ." (November 18, 2012)

     
      

    “Black Faith and Science,” panel discussion, Dialogue on Reason, Richard Dawkins Foundation, Secular Student Alliance, Howard University, Washington, DC, September 28, 2010.

     
     

    Participant, “Black Theodicy Forum,” Center for African American Research, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, August 6-7, 2010.

     
      

    “Finding, Keeping, and…Wanting One’s Place:  Academics and the Shifting Margin,” American Academy of Religion National Meeting, Atlanta, October 31, 2010.

     
     

    "Body Beautiful: Black Religious Aesthetics and the Curse of Modernity." The Colleguim for African American Research, Universidad Nacional De Educacion a Distancia, Madrid, Spain. (April 19, 2007)

     
     

    "Hip Hop Culture and What It Means for the Study of African American Religion." American Academy of Religion, Wild Card Session, San Diego, CA. (November 18, 2007)

     
     

    "Inside/Out: Thoughts on Doing Black Religious Studies from the Margins." America Academy of Religion, Chicago. (November 2, 2008)

     
     

    "New Bodies: Race Gender, and Social Transformation through African American Religious Aesthetics." Gender and Beyond Conference, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan. (October 7, 2007)

     
     

    "Thinking (Theologically) about the Body...Again." Society for the Study of Black Religion, Fort Worth, Texas. (March 22, 2007)

     
     

    "What's the Pay-Off: Why Study Hip Hop Culture." American Academy of Religion, Black Theology Group, San Diego, CA. (November 18, 2007)

     
     

    "William R. Jones and Religiously Justified Conduct: Personal Reflections." HUUmanist Assocation/Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (June 28, 2008)

     
     

    ""The Body Makes Space Religious"." American Academy of Religion, Washington, DC. (November 20, 2006)

     
     

    ""The Christ Event and the Black Body"." American Academy of Religion, Washington, DC. (November 19, 2006)

     
     

    ""Exploring the Research AGenda for Religion and Popular Culture,"." American Academy of Religion, Philadelphia. (November 20, 2005)

     
     

    ""Thinking through African American Humanist Principles"." American Academy of Religion, San Antonio. (November 22, 2004)

     
     Seminar Speaker
     

    ""Attack of the Black: The Nature and Meaning of Black Theology"." University of Houston, Houston, Texas. (February 23, 2005)

     
     

    ""Colloquium on Prophetic Pragmatism"." University of Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany. (July 7, 2005)

     
     Workshops
     

    "“Sources, Process, Purpose(s): Understanding Black Theology,” Colloquium with Black Religious Scholars, Emmanuel College of Victoria University and the Toronto School of Theology in the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.." (, October 17, 2009)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Series Editor, Religion and Social Transformation. New York University Press. (2012 - 2012)

     Other, Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism. Equinox. (2013 - 2013)

     Series Editor, Imagining the Americas. Oxford. (2012 - 2012)

     Series Editor, Imagining the Americas. Oxford University Press. (2010 - 2010)

     Series Editor, Innovations in Black/Womanist Theologies and Ethics. Fortress Press. (2010 - 2010)

     Series Editor, Studies in Humanist Thought and Praxis. Equinox Publishing. (2010 - 2010)

     Series Editor, Religion and Social Transformation. New York University Press. (2010 - 2010)

     Series Editor, Studies in Humanist Thought and Praxis. Acumen. (2012 - 2012)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Africana Religions. Penn State University. (2013 - 2013)

     Series Editor, Anthony Pinn and Caroline Levander. Oxford University Press. (2008 - 2008)

     Series Editor, "Religion and Social Transformation". (2006 - 2006)

     Series Editor, Anthony Pinn and Katie Cannon. Fortress Press. (2008 - 2008)

     Series Editor, "The History of Afican-American Religions". University Press of Florida. (2006 - 2006)

     Series Editor, Anthony Pinn and Stacey Floyd-Thomas. New York University Press. (2008 - 2008)

     Series Editor, Anthony Pinn and Stephen Angell. Northwestern University Press. (2008 - 2008)

     Series Editor, Anthony Pinn and Stephen Angell. Northwestern University Press. (2008 - 2008)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Elizabeth Fenton, PhD "The Comparative Stranger: Anti-Catholicism, Religious Privacy, and the Making of the U.S. Liberal Democracy". (2006) (Committee Member)

     Stephen Finley, PhD Re-Imagining Race and Representation. (2007) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Torin Alexander, PhD What Meaneth This: A Postmodern Theory of African American Religious Experience. (2007) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Molly Robey, PhD Sacred Geographies. (2007) (Committee Member)

     Monica Miller, PhD he Anti-Proper in the Popular: The Risky Religiosity of Hip-Hop Culture. (2010) (Committee Member)

     Hakim Lucas, PhD - Fordham University Lest We Forget: The Role of Theological Themes in the Founding of Morehouse College and Wilberforce University. (2010) (Committee Member)

     Margarita Simon Guillory, PhD “The Dynamical Self: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Self ‘as’ Creative Process in African American Religion,”. (2011) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Paul Easterling, PhD The Moorish Science Temple of America. (2012) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Dondrea Ali Walker, Doctor of Ministry (Colgate Rochester Divinity Schoo) The Great Divide: Bridging the Gap Between Laity and Afro-American Pastoral Leadership. (Committee Member)

     Hakim J. Lucas, PhD - Fordham University Lest We Forget: The Role of Theological Themes in the Founding of Morehouse College and Wilberforce University. (Committee Member)

     Derek S. Hicks, PhD Making the Wounded Whole: An Investigation of Healing and Identity in African American Religious Life and Thought. (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Melanie L. Harris, PhD, Union Theological Seminary (NYC) "A Womanist Ethical Approach to Black Humanism" (Union Theological Seminary - NYC). (Committee Member)

    Positions Held
     Director of Research, Institute for Humanist Studies Think Tank. (2009 - 2009)

     Anthony Pinn, Executive Committee, American Academy of Religion. (2008 - 2008)

     Anthony Pinn, Board of Directors, American Academy of Religion. (2008 - 2008)

     Anthony Pinn, Chair, Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities, American Academy of Religion. (2008 - 2008)

     Anthony Pinn, Board of Trustees, Meadville Lombard Theological School. (2008 - 2008)

     Anthony Pinn, Executive Director, Society for the Study of Black Religion. (2008 - 2008)

     Anthony Pinn, Executive Director, Society for the Study of Black Religion. (2008 - 2008)