Marshall Turman to Lead Black Church Studies

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Duke Divinity School Dean Richard B. Hays has announced the appointment of Eboni Marshall Turman as director of the Office of Black Church Studies and assistant research professor of Black Church Studies.

Marshall TurmanA native of New York, Marshall Turman served as an assistant minister of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City for 10 years. She is the youngest woman to be licensed and ordained by the church, and the second woman to preside over the ordinances in Abyssinian’s 205-year history.

Her primary teaching interests span the breadth of social ethics as a discipline, especially 20th century social ethics and the historical development of American theological liberalism; liberation theology and ethics; sexual ethics; and postcolonial ethics. Her current research interests include womanist/feminist liberation theology and ethics, black church studies, difference theory, and W.E.B DuBois.

In addition to her various articles, Marshall Turman has a forthcoming book, Moving the Body: Toward a Womanist Ethic of Incarnation (Palgrave MacMillan), and is currently working on her second book, Prophetic Disruptions: Sexism and the Black Church. 

Before coming to Duke, Marshall Turman taught theology and ethics at Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, N.C., and Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. She is an ordained minister in the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., and is regularly called upon to preach and teach from pulpits across the nation.

Marshall Turman will start at Duke on July 1, 2013.