Ron Neal

Assistant Professor

Office: Wingate 305
Phone: 758-4092
Email: nealrb@wfu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

 

Bio

Ronald B. Neal holds a Ph.D. in Religion, Ethics, and Culture from Vanderbilt University. His research and writing interests include: religion, gender, and culture, religion, ethics, and politics, modern and post-modern philosophy, Third World Studies, and popular culture. He is the present chairperson of the Committee on Black Cultures and the Study of Religion, a sectional division of the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR). He is the author of the forthcoming book, Democracy in 21st Century America: Notes on Race, Class, Religion, and Region (Mercer University Press). He is currently at work on an untitled book on religion, masculinity, and hip hop.

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EDUCATION

Ph.D.   Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, Religion, Ethics, and Culture, 2004

M.Div. Interdenominational Theological Center/Atlanta, GA, 1998

B.A.     Florida International University, Miami, Fl, Anthropology/Sociology, 1995

Curriculum Vitae

Publications

PUBLICATIONS

Book

Democracy in 21st Century America: Race, Class, Religion, and Region, Mercer University Press, 2012

 Book Chapters

It’s Deeper Than Rap: Hip Hop, the South, and Abrahamic Masculinity,forthcoming essay in Ain’t I a Womanist Too!: Third Wave Womanist Thought. Fortress Press, 2012

Race, Class, and the Traumatic Legacy of Southern Masculinity, forthcoming chapter in Southern Silences. Peter Lang Publishers, 2012

Book Reviews

Erotic Revolutionaries: Black Women, Sexuality, and Popular Culture, Shayne Lee, Journal of African American Studies, June 2012

Representations of Homosexuality: Black Liberation Theology and Cultural Criticism, Roger A. Sneed, Black Theology: An International Journal, Equinox Publishers August, 2012  

Cornel West and the Politics of Prophetic Pragmatism, Mark David Wood, The A.M.E. Church Review, April-June 2003

 Articles

Savior of the Race: The Messianic Burdens of Black Masculinity, Brill Journal/Exchange, (forthcoming, 2013  

 When the Demons Speak!: A Response to Roger A. Sneed’s Representations of Homosexuality: Black Liberation Theology and Cultural Criticism, Black Theology: An International Journal Equinox Publishers (forthcoming, 2012)

 Beyond Fundamentalism: Reconstructing African American Religious Thought, an article published in the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, July 2010  

 Man Up: Hip, Religion, Masculine Work, an article published in the Journal of Black Masculinity, September 2011

 Democracy, Difference, and Reconstruction: Religion, Theology, and the Spirit of Pragmatism, article published inReligion Compass Journal, November 2011

Engaging Abrahamic Masculinity: Race, Religion, and the Measure of Manhood, article published in CrossCurrents Journal, December 2011

 Essays

 RIP: The Myth of the Black Church, Religion Dispatches, March 18, 2010, www.religiondispatches.org

 Did Progressive Christianity Dump Its Savior in Brad Braxton?, Religion Dispatches, July 20, 2009, www.religiondispatches.org

 Papers/Presentations/Panels

When Demons Speak: Black Theology, Cultural Criticism, and the Voices of Demonized Black Men, a paper delivered at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. It was a part of a session sponsored by the Black Theology Group: Invisible Lives: A Critical Conversation on Roger A. Sneed’s Representations of Homosexuality: Black Liberation Theology and Cultural Criticism, November 20, 2011.

 Spike Lee Can Go to Hell: Tyler Perry, Religion, and Southern Masculinity, a paper delivered at the Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association in Baltimore, Maryland, October 20, 2011.

 Diasporas and Cultures of Migration, Universite Paul Valery Montpellier 3 Salle Camproux, Session Chair for “Masculinities” section, June 20-23 2011, Montpellier, France

 Masculine Work: Engaging Hip Hop, Masculinity, and Religion, A public lecture delivered at Wake Forest University, Sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, January 27, 2011

 Coptic Studies Conference, respondent to papers on The Future of Coptic Studies: Theories, Methodologies, and Subjects, Wake Forest University, September 17, 2010  

 Pedagogy and Hope: Teaching Race, Religion, and Politics in an Obama Era Classroom, a paper delivered at the Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, March 17, 2010

 It’s Deeper Than Rap: Hip Hop, Masculinity, and Religion, a paper delivered at Ain’t I a Womanist Too: Third Wave Womanist Religious Thought Conference, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont California, February 25-27, 2010    

 Daring to Dream Again: Ethical Idealism and 21st Century America, a public lecture delivered at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Davidson College, Davidson, NC, October 29, 2008.

The New Jim Crow and the Reconstruction of Christian Ethics, a paper delivered at the Society for the Study of Black Religion, March 6-8 2008, Charleston, SC

The Dilemmas of Spirit Possession and Jesus Consciousness in the African-American Religious Experience, a paper delivered at the Charles Copher Faculty Lectures, in honor of Dr. Riggins R. Earl, Jr., the Interdenominational Theological Center, April 26, 2006

 Teaching Religion in South Carolina, a paper delivered at the Southeastern Conference for the Study of Religion, March 11, 2006, Atlanta, GA

In the Image of Jim Crow: Public Education in 21st Century America and the Public Witness of Benjamin Elijah Mays, a paper delivered at the Southeastern Conference for the Study of Religion, March 10, 2005, Winston-Salem, NC