Keri Day

Brite Divinity School educates women and men to lead in the ministry of Christ’s church, the academy and public life as witnesses to God’s reconciling and transforming love and justice.

Biography

Keri Day is Assistant Professor of Theological and Social Ethics and Director of Black Church Studies Program at Brite Divinity School. She earned an MA in Religion and Ethics from Yale University and received her PhD in Religion from Vanderbilt University. She has written on a wide variety of issues in relation to black religious thought.  However, her work specifically focuses on the ways in which race, class, gender, and sexuality relate to American poverty and how faith communities can respond to such socio-economic issues.  Her work has been published in a number of nationally regarded journals such as Princeton Theological Review Journal, The International Journal of Black Theology and The Journal for the Society of Christian Ethics.  In November 2012, her first book, Unfinished Business: Black Women, the Black Church, and the Struggle to Thrive in America, was published by Orbis Books.

Degrees

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 2009
M.A., Yale University, 2004
B.S., Tennessee State University, Nashville, 2002

Courses

  • African-American Experiences and Perspectives in Social Ethics
  • Christian Social Ethics
  • Christian Social Ethics and Economic Justice
  • Global Theologies of Women of Color
  • Introduction to Black Church Traditions and Culture
  • Introduction to Contemporary Theological Ethics
  • Theologies of Women of Color
  • Womanist Theology and Ethics

Books

  • Unfinished Business: Black Women, the Black Church and the Struggle to Thrive in America (Orbis Books, 2012)

Journal Articles, Book Chapters and Book Reviews

  • “What’s Love Got to Do With It?: Lovelessness Within the Sorted-Out City,” in the Journal of Religion, Race, and Ethnicity, January 2014, Vol. 5/Issue One: 1-34.
  • “Saving Black America?: A Womanist Analysis of Faith Based Initiatives,” in The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Vol. 33, No. 1, Spring/Summer 2013: 63-81.
  • “Theologizing in “Black:” African American Theology and the Doctrine of God,” in The Oxford Handbook of African-American Theology (Publication forthcoming: Anthony Pinn and Katie Cannon, eds.), Oxford University Press, Fall 2013.
  • “From Terror to Triumph: A Brief History of African American LIberative Ethics” in Ethics: A Liberative Approach, ed. Miguel de la Torre, ed., Fortress Press, 2012.
  • “Global Political Economy & Its Neo-Colonial Vices: Postcolonial Theological Reflections on Economic Justice” in Journal of Postcolonial Networks, Vol. V, No. 2, Issue 21, Winter 2011: 1-16.
  • “The Ambiguities of Neighbor-Love: Reading ‘Agape’ From the Margins,” in Beyond the Pale: Reading Christian Ethics from the Margins, eds. Miguel de la Torre and Stacey Floyd-Thomas, Westminster John Knox Press, 2011: 161-168.
  • “Global Economics and US Public Policy: Prospects on the Means and Ends of Liberation for the Global Poor,” Black Theology: An International Journal, Issue 9:1, June 2011: 9-33.

Presentations

  • “Saving Black America?: A Womanist Analysis of Faith Based Initiatives.” Paper given at the Society of Christian Ethics, Washington D.C., 2012.
  • “Womanist Pedagogical Horizons: Creative Chaos, Moral Imagination, and Flourishing within Community.” Paper Given at Southwest Regional American Academy of Religion, Dallas, TX, 2011.
  • Global Economics and US Public Policy: Prospects on the Means and Ends of Liberation for the Global Poor.” Paper given at the National Society of Christian Ethics, San Jose, CA, 2010.
  • “The Role of the Pentecostal Scholar in the Twenty-First Century.” Paper given at the Annual International COGIC Scholars Forum, Memphis, TN, 2009.
  • “Black Women & Urban Poverty: Emilie Townes’ Theological Vision of Justice in Developing Prospects Toward a Womanist Political Theology.” Paper given at the Annual American Academy of Religion, Panel Celebrating the Works of Emilie Townes, Chicago, IL, 2008.

Professional Affiliations

Society of Christian Ethics
The American Academy of Religion
Black Religious Scholars
Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society