Rhon S. Manigault-Bryant
A.B. Duke University (1999)
M.Div. Emory University, Theology (2002)
Ph.D. Emory University (2007)
AFR 213 T / WGSS 213 (S)Race, Gender, and the Alien Body: Octavia Butler's Science Fiction
WGSS 310 / AMST 309 / AFR 310 / REL 310 (F)Womanist/Black Feminist Thought
AFR 315 / AMST 315 (F)Blackness 2.0: Race, Film and New Technologies
AFR 319 / AMST 319 / SOC 319 (S)Ethnographic Approaches to Africana Studies
AFR 406 / AMST 406 (F)Crafting Research: Methods in Africana Studies
- “The ‘New’ Black Woman as Scripted by the Music of Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” MESEA Bi-Annual Conference, Barcelona, Spain (June, 2012)
“The ‘Church of Oprah’ and the Rise of Sapphmammibel: Race-ing Fatness in Contemporary Culture” PCA/ACA annual meeting, Boston, MA (April, 2012)
“Mediated Experience: George Shulman’s American Prophecy and the 'Problem' of Location, Caribbean Philosophical Association annual meeting, Rutgers University, (October 2011)
“Funny Black Men, Fat Black Women: Masculinizing the Feminine in Popular Film,” Black History Month Faculty Lecture Series, Rhode Island College (February 2011)
- Talking to the Dead: Religion, Music, and Lived Memory among Gullah/Geechee Women (Duke University Press, 2014)
Article: “Fat Spirit: Obesity, Religion, and Sapphmammibel in Contemporary Black Film,” Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society. Volume 2.1 (Spring 2013): 56-69.
Article: “Tyler Perry’s Museum of Blackness,” co-authored with Sevonna M. Brown, Religion Dispatches. October 1, 2012.
- Book Review: The SAGE Handbook of African American Education. Edited by Linda C. Tillman.Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2009. Teaching Theology and Religion Vol. 13, Issue 3 (July 2010), 297-299.
Awards, Fellowships & Grants
Select Awards, Fellowships, and Grants
- Hellman Fellows Grant for Assistant Professors, Williams College (2013-2014)
- Career Enhancement Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (2010-2011)
- Summer Fellowship, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning (2010)
- Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowship, Ford Foundation (2009-2010)
- First Book Grant for Minority Scholars, The Louisville Institute (2009-2010)
American Academy of Religion (AAR)
Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA)
The Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and Americas (MESEA)
National Council of Black Studies (NCBS)
National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)
Popular Culture and American Culture Associations (PCA/ACA)
Society for the Study of Black Religion (SSBR)
Faculty Steering Committee (2013-2015)
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (2011-2014)
After completing her undergraduate education at Duke University, LeRhonda Manigault-Bryant received a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and a PhD in Religion from Emory’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. A proud native of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, she navigates the academy as a scholar-artist, and teaches courses that merge her life as a musician and vocalist with her interdisciplinary specializations in religion, gender, race, music, and popular culture, with a focus on ethnographic methods.
Professor Manigault-Bryant is currently working on an edited volume entitled (Re)Presentations: Womanist and Black Feminist Responses to Tyler Perry’s Productions. This project, which is co-authored with Tamura A. Lomax and Carol B. Duncan, combines womanist and black feminist thought to engage themes that emerge in the popular works of African American playwright, television producer, and filmmaker Tyler Perry. She has also begun research on her second, single-authored monograph entitled Pushing Weight: Religion, Popular Culture, and the Implications of Image, which utilizes film theory, womanist/black feminist thought, and ethnographic data to examine how popular culture and contemporary media forms simultaneously influence mass interpretations of the black female body and the black female body in religious practice. Whether investigating religious practices of specific communities or exploring cultural production at the popular level, critical to her research are questions that unearth how African Americans respond to processes of cultural commodification.
For her creative endeavors, Professor Manigault-Bryant has been the recipient of independent and national grants from the Fund for Theological Education, the Ford Foundation, the Louisville Institute, the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Religion and Theology, Emory University, Wake Forest University, Williams College, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Professor Manigault-Bryant, a former Bolin Fellow, returns to Williams after having taught at Wake Forest University.