Distinguished Lecturers
Wallace Best

Wallace Best

Wallace Best is a historian of American and African American religion with a focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of Religion and African American Studies and is a faculty affiliate of the Department of History. He also serves as director of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. His research and teaching focus on the areas of African American religion, religion and literature, Pentecostalism, and Womanist theology. He has held fellowships at Princeton’s Center for the Study of Religion and the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.  Best is the author of Langston's Salvation: American Religion and the Bard of Harlem (2017) and Passionately Human, No Less Divine: Religion and Culture in Black Chicago, 1915–1952 (2005), as well as numerous articles. He is currently completing two books: an anthology entitled "Elder Lucy Smith: Documents from the Life of a Pentecostal Woman Preacher" and "The Spiritual Capital of Black America: Twentieth Century Harlem’s World of Religion and Churches."

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