Julia (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at UNC Charlotte. She teaches courses in African American Religion, Religions of the African Diaspora, and racial violence in America.
Her first book, Race, Religion, and the Pulpit: Robert L. Bradby and the Making of Urban Detroit (2015), explores how Bradby’s church became the catalyst for economic empowerment, community-building, and the formation of an urban African American working class in Detroit. Her second book project, Overcoming Race in the Faith: Historical Perspectives in Healing the Divide Between Black and White Presbyterians speaks to the complexities of black and white race relations in America through the sacred context of the Presbyterian Church. This second work offers a history of race relations within American Presbyterianism with an eye towards healing the racial divide with the larger Presbyterian Church. Her third book project is titled, Rituals of Race and Resistance: The Modern Civil Rights Movement Through the Lens of Mimetic Theory, 1960-1968. This third project seeks to situate race as a category of analysis within mimetic theory through the study of violence and non-violence in the Modern Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s.
She serves on the board of Theology & Peace, and has given keynotes at both the COV&R and the Theology & Peace Conferences.
For her faculty profile go to: http://clas-pages.uncc.edu/julia-marie-robinson/