J. Kameron Carter

J. Kameron Carter

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Black Church Studies

(919) 660-3425
052 Langford

Duke Divinity School
Box 90968
Durham, NC 27708-0968


Professor Carter works at the intersection of theological and religious studies and African American and African Diaspora studies and on contemporary issues of black religion and culture. He has particular interest, on the one hand, in how Christian theological ideas, especially christological ones (claims about the person and work of Jesus Christ) and notions of theological anthropology (the Christian construction of the human), have funded racial, gendered, sexual, colonial, and settler imaginaries, and how the secular only amplifies, not overcomes, modernity’s theological protocols. On the other hand, working in black studies, Professor Carter takes up the theory and practice of blackness as unsettlement, as unsettling modernity’s theological constitution, as that which moves paratheologically within and yet out from and to the side of modernity's theo-political constraints, in its breaks.

Professor Carter is the author of Race: A Theological Account, which appeared in 2008 (New York: Oxford UP), and he is editor of Religion and the Futures of Blackness, a special issue of the journal South Atlantic Quarterly. Also, Professor Carter has two books near completion: God’s Property: Blackness and the Problem of Sovereignty and Postracial Blues: Religion and the Twenty-First Century Color Line.


B.A., Temple University
M.Th., Dallas Theological Seminary
Ph.D., University of Virginia