Joseph R. Winters II

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Duke University

Joseph Winters's research interests lie at the intersection of modern religious thought, African American religious thought, and critical theory. His work contributes to recent endeavors to re-imagine and expand our understanding of black religion, black piety, and black cultural practices. Using a dialogical approach, he examines black religious and literary thought in conversation with critical theory and continental philosophy. His research also draws from theories and approaches to religious studies. His first book, Hope Draped in Black: Race, Melancholy, and the Agony of Progress (Duke UP, 2016) challenges racial progress narratives by examining the relationship between remembrance, loss, and hope in black literature and aesthetic practices.