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.


Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. is currently the Chair of the Department of African American Studies and the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University. Widely regarded as one of the most important black intellectuals in the United States today, Glaude offers a critical and insightful view on the problems currently facing black America as well as the nation at large. He is the author of Exodus: Religion, Race, and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America (Chicago, 2000), winner of the William Sanders Scarborough Book Prize, In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America (Chicago, 2007), and African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2014). He is the editor of Is it Nation Time? Contemporary Essays on Black Power and Black Nationalism (Chicago, 2002) and co-editor with Cornel West of African American Religious Thought: An Anthology (Westminster John Knox, 2003). His award-winning book, In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, has been characterized as a tour de force. According to Cornel West, “Eddie Glaude is the towering intellectual of his generation. There is simply no one else like him emerging on the intellectual scene!” Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul (Crown Publishing, 2016) is his latest book, a provocative account of the current state of race in the United States. Born on the coast of Mississippi, in a small town called Moss Point, Glaude brings to his scholarship and public service a sense of passion and vocation shaped by the tradition of African American struggle. As a graduate of Morehouse College, he was inspired by the courage and devotion of Martin Luther King, Jr., the institution’s most famous graduate. His scholarship and his sense of himself as a public intellectual are driven by a commitment to think carefully with others in public. In doing so, Glaude seeks to prod and to provoke, to insist and to incite, to encourage and to embolden fellow citizens to rise to the profound challenges of our day.


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.