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The readership is at least 60% women and predominantly White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian Christians. Most readers have attended grad school, are in their mid-20s to mid-40s, are politically active, and regularly attend church.
Richard Newton is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama. His areas of interest include theory and method in the study of religion, African American history, the New Testament in Western imagination, American cultural politics, and pedagogy in religious studies. His research explores the drama and politics that ensue from the “scriptures” people create. In addition to an array of book chapters and online essays, Dr. Newton has published in the Journal of Biblical Literature and Method & Theory in the Study of Religion. His current book project, Identifying Roots: Alex Haley and the Anthropology of Scriptures (under contract with Equinox), casts Alex Haley’s Roots as a case study in the dynamics of scriptures and identity politics with critical implications for the study of race, religion, and media. He’s on social media @seedpods, and you can learn more about his work at Sowing the Seed: Fruitful Conversations in Religion, Culture, and Teaching.
Tia Noelle Pratt, Ph.D., is a sociologist of religion specializing in the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. Dr. Pratt is currently the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence at the Aquinas Center in Philadelphia, PA. She is also the President and Director of Research at TNPratt & Associates, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in inclusion and diversity issues. Her research focuses primarily on systemic racism in the Catholic Church and its impact on African-American Catholic identity. During her residency at the Aquinas Center, she is working on a book project with funding from the Louisville Institute and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Titled Black and Catholic, Catholic and Black: Structure, Racism, and Identity in the African-American Catholic Experience, her book incorporates ethnographic fieldwork and in-depth interviews to analyze how systemic racism in the Catholic Church has resulted in the small number of African-American Catholics and how such racism continues to impact African-American Catholics’ experience through church closings and parish reorganizations. Her work has been published in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion and the edited volumes Young Adult American Catholics: Explaining Vocation in Their Own Words (Paulist Press 2018) and American Parishes: Remaking Local Catholicism (Fordham University Press, forthcoming).
Todne Thomas is an Assistant Professor of African American Religions at Harvard Divinity School. In collaboration with Afro-Caribbean and African American congregants, Thomas conducts ethnographic research on the racial, spatial, and familial dynamics of black Christian communities in the U.S. Conceptually, her work integrates religious studies and critical race and kinship theories to understand the racial and moral scripts of evangelicalism and black church arson.
She has a PhD in socio-cultural anthropology and has authored peer-reviewed articles for the Journal of Africana Religions, Anthropology and Humanism, and the Journal of African American Studies. She has also co-edited New Directions in Spiritual Kinship: Sacred Ties across the Abrahamic Religions (2017) with Asiya Malik and Rose Wellman. In addition to university funding, work has been funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.