Terrence L. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Religion and Politics in the Department of Government and a Senior Research Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.
He is an affiliate member of the Department of African American Studies and Department of Theology and Religious Studies.
He is the author of Tragic Soul-Life: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Moral Crisis Facing American Democracy (Oxford 2012) and serves as co-editor of the Duke University Press Series Religious Cultures of African and African Diaspora People https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+embed+link+in+text&oq=how+to+embed+link+in+&aqs=chrome.3.69i57j0l5.15024j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8. His essays have appeared in a number of edited volumes and journals, including the Journal of Religious Ethics, Journal of Africana Religions, Reading Religion and the Journal of the Society Christian Ethics.
Johnson's second manuscript, We Testify with Our Lives: Black Power and the Ethical Turn in Politics, explores the decline of Afro-Christianity in the post-civil rights era and the increasing efforts among African American leftists to imagine ethics and human rights activism as necessary extensions of, and possibly challenges to, political liberalism, pragmatism and liberal public philosophies rooted in individualism, neutrality and exceptionalism.
A graduate of Morehouse College, Johnson received his M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Brown University.
Tod Linafelt is professor of biblical literature in the Theology Department at Georgetown University.
He teaches courses on biblical literature, the Bible in popular culture, and upper-level courses on the Hebrew Scriptures. His daughter Eleanor formerly played bass in the band Bucky's Fatal Mistake and now sings and plays guitar in Rat Queen.
Sarah Marshall has been teaching at Georgetown University for 17 years. She has performed in over 100 professional theater productions Washington DC regional theaters including Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theater, The Folger, Studio Theater, Round House Theater, Signature Theater, Washington Stage Guild and she is a company member at Woolly Mammoth Theater. She has been nominated for 16 Helen Hayes awards and has been awarded one. Teaching credits include The Berkshire Theater Festival, Kennedy Center Program for Children and Youth, Duke Ellington High School for the Performing Arts, Studio Theater Acting Conservatory, Round House Theater, Filmore Arts Center, Theater Lab, Source Theater and Woolly Mammoth Theater.
Jonathan Ray is the Samuel Eig Professor of Jewish Studies in the Theology Department at Georgetown University.
He holds a B.A. from Tufts University in History and Religion, and a Ph.D. in Jewish History from The Jewish Theological Seminary. He served as the Hilda Blaustein Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale University (2003-2005), and as the Maurice Amado visiting Assistant Professor of Sephardic Studies at UCLA (2005-6).
Christopher A. Shinn earned his Ph.D. in Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2000.
He also received an M.T.S. in Religious Studies at Harvard University in 1991 and an M.A. in English Language and Literature at San Jose State University in 1992. He has been on the faculty at Georgetown University since 2008 and has taught at Howard University, the University of California, Santa Cruz, Florida State University, and Stanford University.
Christopher was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Brazil in 2003 and conducted comparative research on race, class, and culture in the U.S. and Brazil. His scholarship has appeared in MELUS, African American Review, the Pacific Reader, Asian American Writers, African American Humor, Irony and Satire (Cambridge Scholars); Alien Encounters (Duke University Press); and Latino/a Popular Culture (NYU Press), among others. He teaches courses on all levels of rhetoric and composition, multi-ethnic and global literatures, critical theory, and cultural studies.
Niles Tomlinson has been teaching literature and writing courses at Georgetown since Fall 2009.
He received his PhD from George Washington University in 2008 with a focus on 19th C American literature and its intersection with animal theory and natural history. Niles has an abiding fascination with the human/animal border and has related scholarly interests in posthumanism, queer theory, and contemporary American science fiction/horror film. His two most recent conference papers explore: human/panther crossing in Charles Brockden Brown’s 1799 novel Edgar Huntly; alien divine-animality in the 2012 film Prometheus.