Josef Sorett

Josef Sorett is Professor of Religion and of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University, where he currently chairs the Department of Religion and is the Director of the Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice. He is the author of Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics (Oxford, 2016), and the editor of a recently published anthology, The Sexual Politics of Black Churches (Columbia, 2022). His next book, Black is a Church! Ironies of an American Secular, will be published later this year.

Professor Sorett’s work has garnered wide-ranging grant support, including from the Arcus Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Louisville Institute, and the Forum for Theological Exploration. His writing and commentary have appeared in such popular media outlets as ABC News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, as well as on the BBC and NPR.


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