Judith Weisenfeld

Weisenfeld elected to Society of American Historians

Judith Weisenfeld

Judith Weisenfeld, the Agate Brown and George L. Collord Professor of Religion, has been elected to the Society of American Historians. The society was founded in 1939 to promote literary distinction in the writing of history and biography.

Weisenfeld joined the Princeton faculty in 2007. Her field is American religious history, with emphasis on 20th-century African American religious history; religion, race and gender; and religion in American film and popular culture. Her current research examines the intersections of psychiatry, race and African American religion in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

She is the author of “New World A-Coming: Black Religion and Racial Identity During the Great Migration” (NYU, 2017), “Hollywood Be Thy Name: African American Religion in American Film, 1929-1949” (California, 2007), and “African American Women and Christian Activism: New York’s Black YWCA, 1905-1945” (Harvard, 1997). She is also a co-editor of the journal Religion and American Culture.

She is affiliated with the Department of African American Studies and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.