New Faculty in Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in the Americas

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The Religion Department is very pleased to announce the Fall 2018 appointment of Meredith Coleman-Tobias as Assistant Professor of Race, Religion, and Ethnicity in the Americas. Professor Coleman-Tobias is currently the Gauis Charles Bolin Fellow in Religion and Africana Studies at Williams College. She specializes in scholarship on the Caribbean and North American iterations of African Atlantic religious cultures.

She is specifically interested in contemporary Africana religious migrations, which she began to study during her tenure as a Fulbright fellow in Barbados (2009-2010). Her research focuses on the ritual diaspora of two Burkinabé spiritual leaders. Investigating their “reverse mission” in Western countries, she interrogates African and non-African descendants’ intentional practice of Dagara spirituality in North America and the Caribbean. 

Professor Coleman-Tobias earned her B.A. from Spelman College in 2006, M.Div. from Yale Divinity School in 2009, and Ph.D. from Emory University in 2017.