Nikki Young

Nikki Young

Associate Provost for Equity and Inclusive Excellence
Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Religion; Affiliated Faculty in Critical Black Studies
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About Nikki Young

Educational Background

  • B.A., UNC-Asheville
  • M.Div and Th.M, Candler School of Theology at Emory University
  • Ph.D. Christian Ethics, Emory University's Graduate Division of Religion

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Ethical issues of race, gender, and sexuality
  • How Black queer communities possess, embody, and enact moral excellence

Current Projects

Currently working on her two manuscripts — Home Free: A Transnational Ethics of Black Queer Liberation and In Tongues of Mortals and Angels: A De-Constructive Theology of God-Talk in Acts and Paul (in collaboration with Jake Myers and Eric Barreto).


  • WMST 150 (Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies)
  • WMST 222 (Queer Studies)
  • WMST/RELI 233 (Global Feminism and Religion)
  • WMST/RELI 219 (Contemporary Religion: Race, Gender, Sexuality)
  • WMST/RELI 248 (Women and Religions of the African Diaspora)
  • WMST/RELI 239 (Queering (Christian) Theology)

Selected Publications


Black Queer Ethics, Family, and Philosophical Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)


"Imagining Queer Life After Death" GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies (forthcoming, June 2017).

"Queer Studies and Religion: Methodologies of Freedom" Scholar and Feminist Online 14.2 (2017).

(with Shannon J. Miller) "Asé and Amen, Sister!: Black Feminist Scholars Engage in Interdisciplinary, Dialogical, Transformative Ethical Praxis" Journal of Religious Ethics 43.2 (2015): 288-315. 

"'Uses of the Erotic' for Teaching Queer Studies" WSQ: Enchantment 40.3-4 (2012): 301-305.

"Queering the Human Situation" Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 28.1 (2012): 126-131.


"Religion" in Jennifer C. Nash, ed. Gender: Love. Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2017.

(with Robyn Henderson-Espinoza) "Women of Color Liberative Ethics" in Miguel de la Torre, ed. Ethics: A Liberative Approach. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2013.

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