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Wallace Best

  • Religion
Position: Executive Committee Member
Title: Professor of Religion and African American Studies.
Office: 131 1879 Hall
Phone: 609-258-0057
Wallace Best


Wallace Best (Ph.D., Northwestern) is Professor of Religion and African American studies. His research and teaching focus on the areas of African American religion, religion and literature, Pentecostalism, and Womanist theology.  He is the author of Passionately Human, No Less Divine: Religion and Culture in Black Chicago, 1915-1952. He is currently at work on two books: an anthology entitled Elder Lucy Smith: Documents from the life of a Pentecostal Woman Preacher and an exploration of the religious thought of the poet Langston Hughes, entitled Langston's Salvation: American Religion and the Bard of Harlem.