Faculty

Lawrence H. Mamiya

Professor of Religion and Africana Studies on the Mattie M. Paschall Davis and Norman H. Davis Chair

Prof. Mamiya, (B.A. University of Hawaii; M.Div., Union Theological Seminary; M. Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University) and Professor of Religion and Africana Studies on the Mattie M. Paschall Davis and Norman H. Davis Chair, is jointly appointed to the Africana Studies Program and the Religion Department. He was a former community organizer in Harlem, civil rights organizer in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s Southwest Georgia Project, and minister to young adults at San Francisco’s Glide Memorial Methodist Church during the Haight-Ashbury youth counterculture. He is the co-author of The Black Church in the African American Experience (Duke University Press, 1990), which received the lead review in the New York Times Book Review and the distinguished book award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Recent publications include: “African American Muslim Leaders and the War in Iraq.” The Review of Faith and International Affairs, Volume 6 No. 1, Spring 2008; “African American Muslims” in the Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History (Facts on File, 2008); River of Freedom, River of Struggle: Trends in Black Churches and Black Pastoral Leadership (Pulpit and Pew Research on Pastoral Leadership at the Duke Divinity School, 2006); co-author, The History of the Riverside Church of the City of New York (New York University Press, 2004); co-author, Journey Inward, Journey Outward: ITC/Faith Factor Project: 2000 Study of Black Religious Life, special book edition of Project 2000 by the Journal of the interdenominational Theological Center (ITC, 2002). He is currently working on a book project on the history and sociology of African American Muslim Movements.