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African American & Diaspora Studies Faculty


Dr. Mary Keller Ph.D. 

Adjunct Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Adjunct Faculty with African American & Diaspora Studies

B.A. Williams College 1987;
M.A. Syracuse University 1992;
Ph,D. 2002; Adjunct Associate Professor of Religious Studies 2003.

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Research and Expertise 

Mary Keller works at the intersection of feminist theory, postcolonial theory, and indigenous studies theory in order to study the relationship of religious lives to struggles for meaning and power.  She teaches Introduction to World Religions, African Spirits in the New World, African American Religious Culture, and Gilgamesh to the Bomb. Keller  emphasizes the geographical, historical and social context in which religious lives are embedded and then focuses on questions of personhood within religious traditions. Current research  examines the role of sacred land in a world of global capital, money and agency, and recent developments in theory and method in the study of spirit possession. 


"Is the RAW cooked?"  at the Religion in the American West blog, March 19, 2012

Project editor, "Special Issue: Hip-Hop and Religion," Culture and Religion, 2009: 10.1



AAST/RELI 2450 African Traditional Religions

AAST/RELI 3260 African Spirits in the New World

AAST/RELI 4100 African American Religious Culture

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