For Immediate Release
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences announced today that J. Kameron Carter, Ph.D., will be joining IU Bloomington as a professor of religious studies. Carter previously served as an associate professor of theology, English, and African American studies at Duke Divinity School.
Carter has published widely in his field, and his first book, Race: A Theological Account, was described as an “intellectual tour de force” by James H. Cone, the founder of Black Liberation Theology. Among many other honors, Carter has received fellowships from the Luce Foundation and has twice been a fellow at the National Humanities Center.
He is currently at work on a new book, Black Rapture: A Poetics of the Sacred, which will be the first volume in a planned trilogy elaborating Carter’s vision of black religious studies.
“Jay is an intellectually fearless scholar, nationally and internationally renowned for his visionary work on race and religion,” said Constance Furey, a professor in the Department of Religious Studies, which she also chairs. “He joins a faculty already strong in the many areas where Jay is doing transformative work, including environmental studies, philosophy of religion, religion and literary and cultural imagination, and in the study of American religions. What Jay adds is a remarkable ability to link these different subfields and reveal that race is just as important to the study of the environment and philosophy as it is to more familiar scholarship in literature and American religions. The Department of Religious Studies is proud and excited to welcome Professor Carter.”
Carter earned his bachelor’s degree from Temple University, and went on to earn a master’s degree in theology from the Dallas Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. In addition to his research, teaching, and scholarship, Carter is an avid community activist. He is a member of a film collective that engages philosophy and theology as public discourses, and he recently curated a year-long project, “The Black Outdoors,” which explored blackness as an alternative atmospheric condition.
With such an extensive and varied background in research and community involvement, Carter’s presence at Indiana University will impact students and research in many corners of the College and the wider community.