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Douglas Clark

Douglas H. Brown Clark is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Louisville Seminary, and in September 2019 he successfully defended his dissertation for the Ph.D. program in Religion at Vanderbilt University. He specializes in American, African American, and Africana religious history with a focus on race, civil rights, and reparations. His dissertation, A Solid Black Hyphen: Race, Religion, and Identity in the Black Power Activism of Gayraud S. Wilmore, examines the history of religion in the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, with a particular focus on late 1960s black clergy advocates for reparations, and with Gayraud S. Wilmore as a central figure. Clark also holds degrees from Vanderbilt Divinity School and Davidson College. He earned first honors in his M.Div. degree program, during which he also served as Student Body President. He is a Fellow in Vanderbilt’s Program in Theology and Practice and a Research Fellow for the Presbyterian Historical Society. He has also earned Vanderbilt’s “Certificate in College Teaching” and maintains teaching interests in the history of comparative or “world” religions, especially Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. He co-chairs the southeast regional AAR’s History of Christianity section, and has served as co-chair of Vanderbilt’s Graduate Diversity and Inclusion Committee and as Vice-President for Academic Affairs on Vanderbilt’s Graduate Student Council.