Vaughn A. Booker

Assistant Professor of Religion and African and African American Studies

Vaughn received his A.B. in Religion from Dartmouth (’07), his M.Div. from Harvard, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton. His focus is the historical study of twentieth-century African American religions, including religion and popular music, "race histories," gender and religious leadership, visual and material culture, African American metaphysical religions, practices of memorialization and mourning, and African American religious internationalism.  Vaughn's academic publications have appeared in The Journal of Africana Religions, Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation, and the open-access journal Religions. Vaughn is also an alumnus of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program.

305 Thornton Hall, Religion; 201 Choate House, AAAS
Department:
African and African American Studies
Religion
Education:
Ph. D. Princeton University
M.A. Princeton University
M. Div. Harvard University
A.B. Dartmouth College

Selected Publications

"'God's Spirit Lives in Me': Metaphysical Theology in Charleszetta 'Mother' Waddles’ Urban Mission to the Poor," Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 22.1 (August 2018) (forthcoming)

“Performing, Representing, and Archiving Belief: Religious Expressions among Jazz Musicians,” Religions 7 (8), 108 (2016): available http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/7/8/108/html.

“‘An Authentic Record of My Race’: Exploring the Popular Narratives of African American Religion in the Music of Duke Ellington,” Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation 25.1 (2015): 1-36.

Review of Lerone A. Martin, Preaching on Wax: The Phonograph and the Shaping of Modern African American Religion (NYU, 2014) for Journal of Religion and Culture 25 (2015): 111-115, available http://www.jrc-concordia.ca/preaching-on-wax-review/.

“Civil Rights Religion? Rethinking 1950s and 1960s Political Activism for African American Religious History,” Journal of Africana Religions 2.2 (2014): 211-243.

“Abraham Joshua Heschel,” “Mordecai Wyatt Johnson,” “George Dennis Sale Kelsey,” and “Benjamin Elijah Mays,” in The Martin Luther King, Jr., Encyclopedia, ed. Clayborne Carson, et al. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007).

Speaking Engagements

“‘Pulpit and Pew’: African American Humor on Irreverent Religious Participation in the Negro Digest,” American Academy of Religion, Boston, MA, November 19, 2017

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