Two Black Scholars Named Co-Editors of New Book Series on Africana Religions

Pennsylvania State University Press has announced that is establishing a new book series based on Africana religions. The press has named two scholars as co-editors of the new books series. Both scholars are co-founders of the Journal of Africana Religions.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEdward Curtis is a professor of religious studies and holder of the Millennium Chair in Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Professor Curtis says that the “book series will emphasize the translocal nature of Africana religions across national, regional, and hemispheric boundaries. This book series will help to nurture a community of scholars dedicated ti analyzing the entire Africana world in all its richness.”

Dr. Curtis is a graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. He holds a master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a doctorate from the University of South Africa.

sylvester-johnson-largeSylvester A. Johnson is an associate professor of African American studies and religious studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Johnson says that “we want to publish academic monographs in addition to books designed for classroom use about Africana religious experiences, identities, beliefs, aesthetics, ethics, and institutions.”

Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. He holds two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in contemporary religious thought from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.


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