Hello and welcome to matthewjcressler.com. Allow me to introduce myself – my name is Matthew and I am an assistant professor of religious studies at the College of Charleston (South Carolina). My teaching and research areas include African American religions, Catholic studies, religion in America, and theory in the study of religion, with a special interest in the intersection of religion, race, and nationalism. I specialize in Black Catholic history and my bookAuthentically Black and Truly Catholic: The Rise of Black Catholicism in the Great Migration will be published by New York University Press this fall (2017). For more on my current projects and general research interests, check out my Research page.
I have taught courses on African American religions, Black Nationalism and religion, religion in America, theories in the study of religion, and an introduction to “sacred and special stuff.” In years past, I’ve taught courses on Catholics in American history, riots and rebellions in African American history, and Islam. For more details on my teaching experience, check out my Teaching page.
You can find more of my musings on teaching, writing, and thinking on my Blog page. I’ve written for Slate.com. I’ve also been a regular contributor to the Religion in American History blog. I hope you enjoy the site and please feel free to contact me about any of the above via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on Twitter (@mjcressler).