Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

Department of African American Studies
William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies
Ph.D, Religion
Princeton University
Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.


Regarded as one of the nation’s leading African American intellectuals, Glaude is chair of the Department of African American Studies and the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University. He is the author of Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, African American Religion: A Very Short IntroductionExodus! Religion, Race and Nation in the Early 19th Century Black America, which won the Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Book Prize; and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America. Glaude edited the anthology Is It Nation Time? Contemporary Essays on Black Power and Black Nationalism and co-edited African American Religious Thought: An Anthology with Cornel West. Glaude has provided commentary on PBS News Hour, The Majority Report, CNN, C-Span, MSNBC, and other media outlets. He regularly contributes written op-eds to the New York Times, Time Magazine, the Huffington Post, among other publications. Speaking recently to Gwen Ifill, Glaude stated, “Something dramatic must happen if we are to change the course of this nation. We can't rest on old strategies and tactics.” In his books and interviews, he calls for more careful, critical reflections of the stories and experiences of blacks in America, which are often reduced to one collective narrative, employing a practice he calls “accessible seriousness,” in the life of the mind. A 1989 graduate of Morehouse College, Glaude also holds a master’s degree in African American Studies from Temple University and master’s degree and Ph.D in religion from Princeton University. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University and Amherst College.


AAS 230 / ENG 231

The Fire This Time: Reading James Baldwin

This course examines the selected non-fiction writings of one of America’s most influential essayists and public intellectuals: James Baldwin. Attention will be given to his views on ethics, art, and politics – with particular consideration given to his critical reflections on race and democracy.

AAS 321 / REL 321

Black Power and its Theology of Liberation

This course examines the various pieties of the Black Power Era. We chart the explicit and implicit utopian visions of the politics of the period that, at once, criticized established black religious institutions and articulated alternative ways of imagining salvation. We also explore the attempt by black theologians to translate the prophetic black church tradition into the idiom of black power. Our aim is to keep in view the significance of the Black Power era for understanding the changing role and place of black religion in black public life.

AAS 500

Introduction to African American Intellectual Tradition

This interdisciplinary seminar introduces graduate students from many departments to the African-American intellectual tradition. Particular attention will be paid to black radicalism, in both the U.S. and the African Diaspora, with a focus on issues of class and gender alongside race. A broad set of topics are discussed, including: racial formation; slavery; empire; and social movements. The course presupposes a familiarity with issues in African American studies.

This course is required for graduate certificate requirements.