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Corey D. B. Walker

Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Chair

Corey D. B. Walker (Ph.D., The College of William and Mary, 2001) is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Africana philosophy, theories and methods of Africana Studies, African American religious thought, critical theory, and religion and public life. On July 1, 2013, he will become Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and John W. and Anna Hodgin Hanes Professor of the Social Sciences at Winston-Salem State University.

A scholar of African American social, political, and religious thought, Professor Walker has published broadly in the discipline of Africana Studies with a particular focus on the history of African American political thought and culture, African American religious thought, and religion and American public life.  He has lectured before academic audiences in the United States, the Caribbean and South America, Europe, and Africa.

Professor Walker is a Faculty Affiliate in the Departments of American Studies and Religious Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, and the Committee on Science and Technology Studies. He recently served as an Associate Editor of The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the top academic journal for the study of religion.

Prior to joining the faculty at Brown in 2006, Professor Walker was Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and African American Studies at the University of Virginia (2003-2006), Director of the Center for the Study of Local Knowledge at the University of Virginia (2002-2003), and Visiting Professor at the Historisches Institut at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena in Germany (2002).

Representative Publications


  • Between Transcendence and History: An Essay on Religion and the Future of Democracy in America (in progress)
  • A Noble Fight: African American Freemasonry and the Struggle for Democracy in America (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2008).

Edited Journal

  • Editor, "Theology and Democratic Futures," special issue of Political Theology 10.2 (2009).


  • Associate Editor, SAGE Encyclopedia of Identity (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2010).

Recent Articles

  • “The Race for Theology:  Toward a Critical Theology of Freedom” Race and Political Theology, ed. Vincent Lloyd (Stanford:  Stanford University Press, 2012).
  • “Beyond the Man of Ressentiment:  Charles Ephraim and the Reconstruction of Africana Philosophy” The Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books, 4.1 (Summer 2011).
  • “Race, Religion, and the Challenges of Civil Society” in African American Fraternities and Sororities:  Critical and Empirical Perspectives, eds., M. W. Hughey and G. S. Parks (University Press of Mississippi, 2011).
  • “‘The Empire and the Garden’: Race, Religion and the (Im)Possibilities of Thinking,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 78.1 (2010).
  • “Theology and Democratic Futures,” Political Theology 10.2 (2009).
  • “‘That Shape I Am’: Pragmatism, Religion, and the Politics of Life,” Religion and Culture Web Forum, The Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago (2009).
  • "The Infinite Rehearsals of the Critique of Religion: Theological Thinking After Humanism,” boundary 2 35.3 (2008).


  • Fifeville (2005). With Kevin J. Everson. 16mm film, 15 minutes, black and white. Echo Park Film Center (2009); Pacific Cinematheque Pacifique (2009); Centre Pompidou (2009); Museum of Modern Art (2007); Profile and Panorama Experimental Film Program, Württembergischer/ Kunstverein/Stuttgart (2007); International Competition Selection, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival (2007), International Competition Selection, 52nd International Short Film Festival/Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (2006), Vinegar Hill Film Festival (2005).

Courses Taught

  • Africana Philosophy of Religion
  • The Black Radical Tradition
  • Contemporary African Philosophy
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Critical Theology and Radical Democracy
  • The Ethics of Black Power
  • Introduction to Africana Studies
  • The Last Professors
  • Marx, Politics, and Theology
  • Philosophy and Race