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Seth Emmanuel Gaiters

Professor of Philosophy and Religion and of Africana Studies, UNC Wilmington
RSDR Fellow

Seth Emmanuel Gaiters is assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies and of Africana studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He is a scholar of African American religious studies, with a particular interest in the exploration of religion and race through Black progressive social movements and cultures in America. His interdisciplinary research and teaching trajectory engages the intersection of African American religious thought, political theology, race, African American literature, and critical theory. He is currently completing his book project (contracted with NYU Press) tentatively entitled #BlackLivesMatter and Religion in the Street: A Revival of the Sacred in the Public Sphere. In this project, he brings his interests to a study of #BlackLivesMatter as a way of broadening normative notions of (Black) religiosity and elucidating the synchronicity of spirituality and social justice in Black political organizing. He has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Louisville Institute, Forum for Theological Exploration, and the Social Science Research Council. 

Featured Work: Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil: Testimony and Justice from Ferguson to the Classroom“; “Healing Hands in Black Religion