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Yolanda Pierce

Elmer G. Homrighausen Associate Professor of African American Religion and Literature

Yolanda Pierce
History & Ecumenics
114 Hodge Hall

Phone: 609.497.3667
Fax: 609.497.7728

Yolanda Pierce is the Elmer G. Homrighausen Associate Professor of African American Religion and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary. She teaches courses in African American Religious History, Feminist/Womanist Theology, and Religion and Literature. She is also the Director of the Black Church Studies Program.

Her book, Hell Without Fires: Slavery, Christianity & the African American Spiritual Narrative, argues for the existence and retention of certain African religious practices and ceremonies in slave culture, and the transformation of traditional Western Christian practices by enslaved people. She has a forthcoming book examining the contemporary practice of religious rituals including glossolalia, divine healing, and spirit possession. Widely published, Pierce’s most recent publications include an essay in Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies on womanist theology and Pentecostalism; a chapter in The Blackwell Companion to Religion and Violence on religious justifications for racial violence; an essay in the Southern Literary Journal on postbellum black women’s autobiography; and a chapter in the Cambridge Companion to the Slave Narrative on the religious connections between captivity narratives and slave narratives.

In addition to her teaching and research, Yolanda Pierce is an ordained minister, dedicated mentor, and community activist who is deeply interested in the relationship between religion and social media. You can follow her on Twitter @YNPierce or at her personal webpage: www.yolandapierce.com

Select Publications
“A Public Praise with Neither Purse Nor Scrip: Old Elizabeth & Womanist Theological Ways” in Theology Today 70(1), 2013.
“Womanist Ways and Pentecostalism: The Work of Recovery and Critique” in Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 35(1), 2013. 
“Wounds and Bruises: Enduring the Sacred Scars of Slavery” in Blackwell Companion to Religion and Violence, ed. Andrew Murphy (Wiley-Blackwell Press, 2010).
“Redeeming Bondage: Captivity Narratives and Spiritual Autobiographies in the Slave Narrative Tradition,” in The Cambridge Companion to the Slave Narrative (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
Hell without Fires: Slavery, Christianity, and the Antebellum Spiritual Narrative in The History of African American Religion Series (University of Florida Press, February 2005). 

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