I teach in the Department of Religion at Princeton University where I am the Agate Brown and George L. Collord Professor of Religion and Associated Faculty in the Department of African American Studies and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.


My research focuses on early twentieth-century African American religious history, and I have been especially interested in the relation of religion to constructions of race, the impact on black religious life of migration, immigration, and urbanization in African American women’s religious history, and religion in film and popular culture.

I co-direct The Crossroads Project: Black Religious Histories, Communities and Cultures, a four-year project funded by the Henry Luce Foundation aimed at producing deeper understandings of the history and diversity of Black religious life in the U.S.

I am an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer and am happy to have lectures scheduled through the OAH, with the fee donated in support of the organization’s mission.

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Department of Religion
1879 Hall
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544

jweisenf AT princeton DOT edu