Wallace D. Best
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2000
Professor, Department of Religion
Acting Chair, Center for African American Studies
Professor Best specializes in 19th and 20th century African American religious history. His research and teaching focus on the areas of African American religion, religion and literature, Pentecostalism, and Womanist theology. He has held fellowships at Princeton’s Center for the Study of Religion and the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.
Passionately Human, No Less Divine: Religion and Culture in Black Chicago, 1915-1952 (Princeton University Press, 2005).
“The Right Achieved and the Wrong Way Conquered”: J. H. Jackson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Conflict over Civil Rights, Religion and American Culture, 16 (Summer 2006).
“The Spirit of the Holy Ghost is a Male Spirit”: African American Preaching Women and the Paradoxes of Gender in Women and Religion in the African Diaspora: Knowledge, Power, and Performance, eds., R. Marie Griffith and Barbara Dianne Savage (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006).
“The South and the City: Black Southern Migrants, Storefront Churches, and the Rise of a Religious Diaspora,” in Repositioning North American Migration History: New Directions in Modern Continental Migration, Citizenship and Community, ed., Marc S. Rodriguez (University of Rochester Press, 2004).