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A.B., History, Duke University
M.Div., Theology, Candler School of Theology at Emory University
Ph.D., Religious Studies, Emory University
Certificate in the Documentary Arts, Duke University

Teaching and Research Interests:

Whether investigating practices of specific communities, exploring cultural production at the popular level, considering the impact of new technologies, or creating documentary shorts, critical to Dr. Manigault-Bryant’s research and teaching are explorations of how Black women throughout the Diaspora engage religion and spirituality to navigate the contours of life. Her research straddles the disciplines of religion, anthropology, art, music, and media.

Current Research:

Dr. Manigault-Bryant serves as the Director of the Sonja Haynes Stone Director for Black Culture and History. A proud native of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, she wholly and critically grapples with the profound questions that inform our understandings of gender, race, culture, and religious expression. She navigates the academy as a scholar-artist, and actively merges her life as an intellectual, musician and filmmaker, including especially her work as founder of ConjureGirlBlue Productions, a small media company specializing in nonfiction storytelling.

Select Publications

-Fat Religion: Protestant Christianity and the Construction of the Fat Body (2021)
-“My Mother is Busy Getting Ready to Die.” New York Times (2020)
-“death. everything. nothing.” (2020)
-“On Nostalgia: HBO’s Watchmen and Black Religion in Three Sacred Facts.” Black Perspectives (2020)
-Talking to the Dead: Religion, Music, and Lived Memory among Gullah/Geechee Women (2014)
-Womanist and Black Feminist Responses to Tyler Perry’s Productions (2014) (919) 966-5496