Lerone A. Martin

Lerone A. Martin is Associate Professor at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics. Martin joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Religion and Politics in 2014, after a one-year postdoctoral fellowship with the Center.

Martin earned his B.A. from Anderson University in Anderson, IN, and his Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary before completing his Ph.D. at Emory University in 2011. From 2010-2013, Lerone was the Assistant Professor of American Religious History and Culture at Eden Theological Seminary in Saint Louis, MO where he taught courses in American and African American religious history.

His first book project, Preaching on Wax: The Phonograph and the Making of Modern African American Religion (New York University Press, 2014), tracks the role of the phonograph in the shaping of African American religion, culture, and politics during the first half of the twentieth century.

In support of his research, Martin has received fellowships from the Louisville Institute for the Study of American Religion, Emory University’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Fund for Theological Education, and Princeton University’s Program (now Center) for African American Studies.

In 2014, Martin was selected for the Young Scholars in American Religion 2014-16 cohort as one of the top ten pre-tenure scholars in American Religion by the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He currently chairs the American Academy of Religion (AAR) Committee on Teaching and Learning and serves on the AAR Afro-American Religious History Group as well. In the past, he has worked as a research consultant for continuing education and recidivism at New York’s Sing Sing State Prison as well as an instructor at Georgia’s Metro State Prison. His commentary and writing have appeared in popular media outlets such as CNN, Religion Dispatches, Charisma, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Currently he is researching the historic relationship between religion and the F.B.I.

Lerone Martin’s CV