Associate Research Professor of the History of Christianity in the United States and Black Church Studies
B.A. (James Madison College, Michigan State University)
M.A. and Ph.D. (Union Theological Seminary)
A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Dr. Dixie specializes in American religious history and has written on a wide range of topics—from the African American Civil Rights Movement to the history of Black Baptists in the United States. Among his publications is an edited volume, The Courage to Hope, co-edited with Cornel West, as well as a companion to a PBS documentary, This Far By Faith, co-authored with Juan Williams. Dr. Dixie developed an interest in documentary editing early in his career and worked on two projects with James M. Washington while still a graduate student: I Have a Dream, a collection of Martin Luther King Jr.’s writings and speeches for young adult readers; and Conversations With God, an edited volume of African American prayers ranging from early America to the close of the twentieth century. He received a certificate from the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents, and for fifteen years was on the editorial team of the Howard Thurman Papers Project. Dr. Dixie is co-author of Witness: Two Hundred Years of Faith and Practice at the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem, New York, with Genna Rae McNeil, Houston Roberson, and Kevin McGruder. Along with Peter Eisenstadt, he co-authored Visions of a Better World: Howard Thurman’s Pilgrimage to India and the Origins of African American Nonviolence.