vaughn booker

Vaughn Booker joins Religion faculty

Among the 35 new teacher-scholars who joined the Dartmouth faculty in 2017-2018 is Assistant Professor of Religion and of African and African American Studies Vaughn Booker '07 (Religion), who went on to receive his M. Div. from Harvard and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton. In an article in Dartmouth News, Booker comments, "I am a scholar of religion, and my research focuses on African American religious history, primarily in the 20th-century United States. My current research project examines jazz musicians whose expressions of religious belief and representations of racial identity will greatly enhance our understandings of African American religious practices. Future projects will explore cultural practices of religious irreverence and interracial conversion efforts in African American life." This Winter Term (2018), he taught Rel. 61, "Religion and the Civil Rights Movement" (identical to AAAS 22), and next Fall Term he will be teaching Rel.

Martin Luther King, Jr., on "The False God of Nationalism"

In his essay "The False God of Nationalism: Americans Face a New Nationalism," in the New School of Social Research's Public Seminar, Assistant Professor of Religion and African & African-American Studies explores Martin Luther King, Jr.'s concern that he lived in an age where people had "turned away from the eternal God of the universe, and decided to worship at the shrine of the god of nationalism" and finds a similarity  with the "new nationalism that is likely to inhabit the government for at least four years." "The new nationalism," Booker observes, "shows no evidence of concern to thwart what King identified as the triple evils of poverty, militarism, and racism. Rather, it appears ready to benefit from all three."