Nyasha Junior

Dr. Nyasha Junior is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at Temple University in Philadelphia. She holds a Ph.D. in biblical studies from Princeton Theological Seminary. She writes, teaches, speaks, and frequently tweets on race, gender, religion, and their intersections. She is the author of An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation (Westminster John Knox Press, 2015). Her current projects include Reimagining Hagar: Blackness and Bible (Oxford University Press) and Black Samson: The Untold Story of an American Icon (Oxford University Press). Her public scholarship has appeared in The Washington PostInside Higher EdBuzzfeed, and other media outlets. She is passionate about grits, Star Trek, and Octavia Butler. Visit nyashajunior.com and follow her on Twitter (@NyashaJunior).

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The Rachel Dolezal story is all over the news.  The story is a horror show for many reasons, but as Dolezal was an African-American Studies instructor at Eastern Washington University, her story brings up important issues of race in the classroom. It has me wondering how my colleagues think about ...

I am organized. I have to-do lists, stop-doing lists, someday lists, and checklists galore. When it’s time to prep for the semester, I pull up my teaching Excel spreadsheet and get to work. Order books. Revise syllabus. Set up BlackBoard. And request to be assigned to my favorite sunny ...

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