Jawanza Clark

Associate Professor, Religious Studies

Education

  • PHD, Emory University
  • M.DIV, Yale Divinity School
  • BA, Morehouse College

Courses Taught

REL 110 The Nature and Experience of Religion

REL 238 Theologies of Liberation

REL 320 Race, Religion, and Resistance

REL 300 Black Theology

REL 300 Study Abroad: Black Theology in South Africa

REL 300 African Christianity Study Abroad: "The Christian Experience in Ghana"

REL 351 God and Evil

REL 420 Majors' Seminar: Colonial Christianity and Indigenous Religions in America 

  • Research

    My primary training is in Protestant Christian theology, with specialization in Black liberation and womanist thought, but I am also interested in comparative theology as it pertains to African religions and African and African-American Christianity. 

    My current research engages the intersection between Black theology, African spirituality, and Eco-Theology.  I argue that the current global ecological crisis is an outgrowth of the most consequential problem of the modern era, the problem of whiteness.  I propose naming and rejecting white epistemological hubris, which universalizes its truth, objectifies the land, and misunderstands the spiritual potency of nature, and creating space for formerly colonized and oppressed perspectives to inform our response to ecocide and make their contribution to the restoration of the Earth.  African-descended and Native American people, informed by their traditional spirituality, must reclaim the space(s) and restore the lands from which they've been dispossessed.  In my latest book, I construct a spatially-oriented theology that radically reimagines creation, the doctrine of God, rituals of sacred memory, and the telos of Black liberation theology, and in so doing offers a response to the politics of spatial dislocation and containment of black bodies that is the legacy of white supremacy. 

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Books

    Reclaiming Stolen Earth: An Africana Ecotheology, Orbis Books, 2022.

    Albert Cleage Jr and The Black Madonna and Child, edited book, Palgrave Macmillan 2016.

    Indigenous Black Theology: Toward An African-Centered Theology of the African-American Religious Experience, Palgrave Macmillan 2012.

    Articles/Book Chapters
    "The Great Ancestor: An African Conception of God," in Models of God and Alternative Ultimate Realities, Springer, 2013.

    "Jonathan Edwards," in Beyond the Pale: Reading Theology from the Margins, eds. Miguel de la Torre and Stacey Floyd Thomas, Westminster John Knox, 2011.

    "Reconceiving the Doctrine of Jesus As Savior in Terms of the African Understanding of Ancestor: A Model for the Black Church," in Black Theology: An International Journal Vol 8 (2) 2010.

     

  • Professional Experience and Memberships
    Professional Experience
    • Associate Professor of Global Christianity, Manhattan College, Bronx, NY (Fall 2016-present)
    • Adjunct Professor, Union Theological Seminary, NY, NY (Fall 2019)
    • Assistant Professor of Global Christianity, Manhattan College, Bronx, NY  (Fall 2012- Spring 2016)
    • Lecturer, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA. (Fall 2008-Spring 2012)
    • Adjunct Professor, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. (Spring 2007-Fall 2007)
    Memberships
    Dr. Clark is the Co-Chair of the Black Theology Unit at the American Academy of Religion Conference.  He is also a member of the Society for the Study of Black Religion, the American Academy of Religion, and The Black Theology in South Africa Group.