May 28, 2014

Coming Soon New Book: Black Scholars In White Space: New Vistas in African American Studies from the Christian Academy

These are among the most dynamic black scholars in Christian Higher Education. Never before in American history have we had this many African Americans teaching at America’s Christian colleges and university. If you have African Americans teaching at your Christian college you are witnessing history. Be thankful!

Working Title: Black Scholars In White Space: New Vistas in African American Studies from the Christian Academy


Social Sciences

1.            Prophetic and Priestly: The Politics of a Black Catholic Parish—Larycia Hawkins

2.             Jesus and Justice: The Moral Framing of the Black Policy Agenda—Larycia Hawkins

3.            Reading is not simply Black and White: Comparisons of Health and Non-Health Literacy in African Americans and Caucasians — Rihana S. Mason and Chizara Ahuama-Jonas

4.            American Women as Scholars in the Christian Academy: A Perspective on Sisterhood (in Academic Faith Communities)—Yvonne RB-Banks

5.            Becoming an African American Academic Leader on a Predominately White Christian Campus: The Use of Autoethnography as a Method for Exploring Mentoring Processes—Michelle Loyd-Paige

6.            Ain’t I A Student? Thinking through Spaces for Black Female College Students—

Deshonna Collier-Goubil


Religious, Historical, and Cultural Studies

7.            Erasing Race: Racial Identity and Theological Anthropology—Vincent Bacote

8.            An Open Door and a Welcome Hand: Lewis Garnet Jordan and his Ethiopian Vision—Eric Washington

9.            Civil Rights Movement in Public Memory: Exploration of Christian Symbolism in Civil Rights Movement Commemoration—Todd Allen

10.            Affirmative Action and Conceptions of Fairness: Jonathan Haidt and the Righteous Black Community”—Anthony B. Bradley


Author Bios:

Todd Allen (Ph.D., Duquesne University) is Professor of Communication Studies at

Grove City College. In 2006 Dr. Allen founded The Common Ground Project, a community based non-profit dedicated to promoting an understanding of the Civil Rights Movement.  Through this organization he conducts the “Returning to the Roots of Civil Rights Bus Tour,” which visits many of the key sites of the movement.  He has been the recipient of numerous awards including fellowships at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the National Endowment for the Humanities, New Pittsburgh Courier “50 Men of Excellence”, and the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh Racial Justice Award.


Vincent Bacote (Ph.D., Drew University) is Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. Dr. Bacote has also contributed to books such as Global Theology in Evangelical Perspective (InterVarsity Press, 2012), Prophetic Evangelicals: Envisioning a Just and Peaceable Kingdom (Eerdmans, 2012),  Keep Your Head Up: America’s New Black Christian Leaders, Social Consciousness, and the Cosby Conversation (Crossway, 2012),  Not Just Science (Zondervan, 2005), The Dictionary for the Theological Interpretation of the Bible (Baker, 2005), What Does it Mean to be Saved? (Baker, 2002), Building Unity in the Church of the New Millennium (Moody Press, 2002) and The Best Christian Writing 2000 (Harper, 2000). He is a regular columnist for Comment and has also had articles appear in magazines such as Christianity Today and Re:generation Quarterly and journals such as Urban Mission and the Journal for Christian Theological Research. He has been President of the Christian Theological Research Fellowship, and is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Society of Christian Ethics and the American Academy of Religion.


Anthony B. Bradley (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary; M.A. Fordham University) is Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics at The King’s College in New York City and serves as a Research Fellow at the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Bradley lectures at colleges, universities, business organizations, conferences, and churches throughout the U.S. and abroad. His writings on religious and cultural issues have been published in a variety of journals, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Detroit News, and World magazine. Dr. Bradley is called upon by members of the broadcast media for comment on current issues and has appeared on C-SPAN, NPR, CNN/Headline News, Fox News, and Court TV Radio, among others. His books include: Liberating Black Theology (2010), Black and Tired (2011), The Political Economy of Liberation (2012), Keep Your Head Up (2012), and Aliens In The Promised Land (2013).


Deshonna Collier-Goubil (Ph.D., Howard University; M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Biola University.  Her dissertation work used spatial analysis to look at the effects of economic strain (measured by home foreclosures) on domestic violence while controlling for characteristics of neighborhood deprivation. She’s also completed research on youth violence in urban communities, researcher-practitioner community collaborations, and prisoner re-entry. Additionally, Dr. Collier-Goubil conducts research in Hip Hop, the urban church and Black theology, as well as womanist musings.  In her current post, Dr. Collier-Goubil coordinates the criminology concentration, teaches classes on research methods, criminology, and race.  In her spare time, Dr. Collier-Goubil developed a leadership development group for female students of color on Biola’s campus and the program is flourishing.


Larycia A. Hawkins (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma) is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.  In 2011, her co-edited book, Religion and American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives, was published by Pearson.  Her active research agenda includes projects that explore how and whether black liberation theology frames contemporary black political rhetoric and how black liberation theology is reflected on black political agendas, like those of the Congressional Black Caucus and the NAACP.  Prior to academia, Dr. Hawkins worked briefly in state government administering federal programs, including the Social Security Disability program and the Community Development Block Grant.


Michelle Loyd-Paige (Ph.D., Purdue University) is Executive Associate to the president for diversity and inclusion at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Loyd-Paige accepted the executive associate’s position after seven years as the dean for multicultural affairs and 20 years as a faculty member in the department of sociology and social work at Calvin College in 2013. Dr. Loyd-Paige’s primary role is to lead and promote campus-wide initiatives that help to facilitate systemic changes which inspire anti-racism, diversity, and equity as essential values in support of academic excellence.  Dr. Loyd-Paige’s research interests include: Afro-Christian clergywomen, Anti-Racism, being Black and Reformed, and Plant-based diets among African-Americans.


Rihana S. Mason (Ph.D., University of South Carolina) is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Emmanuel College. Dr. Mason’s research areas include: the time course of incidental vocabulary acquisition, the assessment of vocabulary and reading in children and adults from disadvantaged backgrounds, and the influences of cognitive factors like working memory on sentence comprehension. At Emmanuel College, Dr. Mason integrates her faith and scholarship through the teaching of undergraduate courses related to the areas of development, cognition, social psychology, statistics, assessment and research. Her co-author, Chizara Ahuama-Jonas (BA, Georgia State University) is a clinical graduate student at the University of Cinncinati who completed her undergraduate honors thesis under the direction of Dr. Mason.


Yvonne RB-Banks (Ed.D., University of Minnesota) Yvonne RB-Banks (Ed.D, University of Minnesota) is a Professor in the department of education, and Dean of Academic Support Services at University of Northwestern-St. Paul, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. RB-Banks’ primary research focus relates to issues surrounding equity in the Pk-12 educational system. Specially, her research centers on special education placements and remediation strategies that impact African-American males’ over-representation in EB/D settings and barriers to entering higher education. Dr. RB-Banks is an author and international presenter on a variety of topics related to culture, equity and gender experiences in the classroom. She teaches in the core curriculum and uses her courses to promote educational equity through the development of pre-service teachers. She has a growing interest in equity research centered on African-American faculty evolving out of her experiences as the only African American female faculty/administrator at her institution after 15 years.


Eric Michael Washington (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is Assistant Professor of African-American and African History, and Director of African and African Diaspora Studies at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI. A native of New Orleans, LA, Washington’s interest is in 19th century and early 20th century African-American Baptist missions to Africa focusing on the interrelation of Evangelicalism and Ethiopianism as dual motivating ideals. His other research interests include the development of Black Atlantic Calvinism during the late 18th and early 19th centuries primarily through the study and analysis of slave narratives.