Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

Department of African American Studies
William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies
Ph.D, Religion
Princeton University
103 Stanhope Hall
office phone:
(609) 258-1419


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.

Current Projects

Join Professor Glaude for book discussions and signings of Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul. This new title will be available from Crown on January 12, 2016.

New York, NY

Monday, January 11th, 7:00 pm Barnes & Noble Union Square 33 East 17th Street New York, NY 10003 In Conversation with Cornel West Reserve a free ticket Sunday, January 17th, 3:00 pm Race and Privilege: Exploring MLK's Two Americas Apollo Theater 253 West 125th Street New York, NY 10027 Reserve a free ticket Wednesday, February 3rd, 6:30 pm Between the Lines: Eddie Glaude Jr. and Imani Perry Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 515 Malcolm X Boulevard New York, NY 10037 Reserve a free ticket

Washington, DC

Monday, January 18th, 7:00 pm Politics & Prose 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC 20008 In Conversation with Deray McKesson More information

Decatur, GA

Monday, January 25th, 7:00 pm Georgia Center for the Book In Conversation with Marc Lamont Hill

Princeton, NJ

Thursday, March 10th, 6:00 pm Labyrinth Books 122 Nassau Street Princeton, NJ 08542 In Conversation with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Imani Perry


Number Title Dist. Area
AAS 201 Introduction to the Study of African American Cultural Practices SA

This course examines the past and present, the doings and the sufferings of Americans of African descent from a multidisciplinary perspective. It highlights the ways in which serious intellectual scrutiny of the agency of black people in the United States help redefine what it means to be American, new world, modern and post modern

AAS 230 / ENG 231 The Fire This Time: Reading James Baldwin LA

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 Subfield: African American Culture and Life

AAS 321 / REL 321 Black Power and its Theology of Liberation LA

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 LA

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.



Commentary & Talks

Public Interviews

America’s Racial ‘Value Gap’: A Two-Part Conversation with Bill Moyers

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
African American Studies, Public Interviews

The Deepening Racial Chasm in America

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
Current, Public Interviews

Ferguson & the Disease of White Supremacy

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
Current, Public Interviews, Religious Thought, The Black Church

In Troubled Times, Does ‘The Black Church’ Still Matter?

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
Citizenship, Public Interviews

The Future of African American Studies

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
Public Interviews

Panel Discussion on Religion and Political Activism

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
Public Interviews

Book Discussion on In a Shade of Blue

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
Public Interviews

Do Toni Morrison’s Papers Belong At Princeton Or Howard?

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
Opportunity Gaps, Current, Policy in the Age of Mass Incarceration, Public Interviews

How Should the U.S. Improve Opportunity for Young Men of Color?

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
Keynotes, Public Talks

‘Turning Our Backs,’ Colgate University Commencement Remarks

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.