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Carol White

Professor of Religious Studies
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Denver, Iliff School of Theology

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of religion
  • Religion and critical theory
  • Process philosophy
  • Religious naturalism
  • Animal and human connections in Western thought

Teaching Interests

  • Philosophy of religion
  • Religious naturalism
  • Theories of religion

Recent Awards

  • Presidential Professor, 2018-21

Selected Publications


White, Carol Wayne. 2016. Black Lives and Sacred Humanity: The Emergence of an African-American Religious Naturalism. Fordham University Press. [Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Titles.]

White, Carol Wayne. 2009. The Legacy of Anne Conway (1631-1679): Reverberations from a Mystical Naturalism. State University of New York Press.

White, Carol Wayne. 2002. Poststructuralism, Feminism, and Religion: Triangulating Positions. Humanity Books.


"Black Lives Matter and the New Materialism: Past Truths, Present Struggles, and Future Promises.” In Race, Religion, and Black Lives Matter: Essays on a Moment and a Movement. Edited by Christopher Cameron and Luke Sinitere. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt UP. Forthcoming 2020.

"Humanism in the Americas." In The Oxford Handbook of Humanism.  Edited by Anthony B. Pinn. New York: Oxford University Press. 2020:1-39.

“Anna Julia Cooper: Radical Relationality and the Ethics of Interdependence.” In African American Political Thought: A Collected History. Edited by Jack Turner and Melvin Rogers. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2020: 330-363.

“Big Miracle and Religious Naturalism: Rescuing Myriad Nature from Popular Fantasies of Nature Rescue.” In Natural Communions, Reflections on Ecospirituality (Faith in Nature: Religion and Public Life) Volume 40. Edited by Gabriel R. Ricci. NY: Routledge. 2019: 176-192.

“Re-Envisioning Hope: Anthropogenic Climate Change, Learned Ignorance, and Religious Naturalism.” In Zygon: Journal of Science and Religion, Vol. 53, no. 2 (June 2018): 570-595.

"African American Religious Naturalism and the Question of the Human." In Handbook of Religious Naturalism. Edited by Donald Crosby and Jerome Stone. New York: Routledge, 2018.

"Polyamorous Bastards: James Baldwin's Opening to a Queer African-American Religious Naturalism." In Unsettling Science and Religion: Contributions and Questions from Queer Studies. Edited by Whitney Bauman and Lisa Stenmark. Lanham, MD.: Lexington Books, 2018.

"Stubborn Materiality: African-American Religious Naturalism and Becoming Our Humanity." In Entangled Worlds: Science, Religion, and Materiality. Edited by Catherine Keller and Mary-Jane Rubenstein. Bronx, NY: Fordham University Press 2017: 249-273.

"Religious Naturalism, Race and Ethnicity." In Grounding Religion: A Field Guide to the Study of Religion and Ecology: 2nd Edition. Edited by Whitney Bauman, Richard R. Bohannon II, and Kevin J. O'Brien. New York: Routledge, 2017: 77-93.

"Black Lives, Sacred Humanity, and The Racialization of Nature, or Why America Needs Religious Naturalism Today." In American Journal of Theology & Philosophy, Vol. 38, No. 3, September 2017.

"Aporetic Possibilities in Catherine Keller's Cloud of the Impossible." Zygon, vol. 51, no. 3 (September 2016): 765-782.