Lerone A. Martin

Lerone A. Martin earned his BA from Anderson University in Anderson, IN and his Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary before completing his PhD 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. After his year at the Center, Lerone will join the faculty of the religion department at Wake Forest University as the Assistant Professor of African American Religions. Lerone will teach a seminar exploring historical aspects of African American religion in the spring of 2014.

Lerone is currently completing a book project with New York University Press entitled Preaching on Wax: The Phonograph and the Making of Modern African American Religion. The monograph 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, Lerone 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.

Lerone currently serves on the American Academy of Religion Steering Committee for the Afro-American Religious History Group as well as the Committee on Teaching and Learning. 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, The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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