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 315Blackness 2.0: Race, Film and New Technologies
AMST 316 / REL 265 / AFR 316Sacred Cinema: Black Religion and the Movies
AFR 319 / AMST 319 / SOC 319Ethnographic Approaches to Africana Studies
AFR 320 / AMST 320 / WGSS 320Dangerous Bodies: Black Womanhood, Sexuality & Popular Culture
AFR 406(F)Crafting Research: Methods in Africana Studies
- Talking to the Dead: Religion, Music, and Lived Memory among Gullah/Geechee Women (Duke University Press, 2014)
- Womanist and Black Feminist Responses to Tyler Perry's Productions, co-edited with Tamura A. Lomax and Carol B. Duncan (Palgrave Macmillan, Summer 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.
- "'Jesus Just Saved Your Life:' Black Women's Navigation of Popular Spiritual Terrians," Center for Blck Diaspora Annual Lecture Series, DePaul University (November 2014)
- "#dangerousbodies #blackwomen #scifi" Williams College TEDx Conference (January 2014)
- “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)
Awards, Fellowships & 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)
Africana Studies Program
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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 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 "religious" body. 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, returned to Williams after having taught at Wake Forest University. You can follow her on Twitter @DoctorRMB