Dwight N. Hopkins

Professor of Theology; also in the College




MDiv, MPhil, PhD (Union Theological Seminary, New York)
PhD (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Dwight Hopkins is a constructive theologian working in the areas of contemporary models of theology, various forms of liberation theologies (especially black and other third-world manifestations), and East-West cross-cultural comparisons. Persuaded by the question "what does it mean to be human," Professor Hopkins is interested in multidisciplinary approaches to the academic study of religious thought, especially cultural, political, economic, and interpretive methods. His latest works are The Cambridge Companion to Black Theology; Being Human: Race, Culture, and Religion; Walk Together Children: Black and Womanist Theologies, Church and Theological EducationAnother World Is Possible: Spiritualities and Religions of Global Darker Peoples; Loving the Body: Black Religious Studies and the Erotic (coeditor); Heart and Head: Black Theology-Past, Present, and Future; Introducing Black Theology of Liberation; Down, Up and Over: Slave Religion and Black Theology; and Black Faith and Public Talk: Essays in Honor of James Cone's Black Theology and Black Power (editor). His previous texts include Black Theology USA and South Africa: Politics, Culture, and LiberationShoes That Fit Our Feet: Sources for a Constructive Black Theology; and We Are One Voice: Essays on Black Theology in South Africa and the USA (coeditor). He is an editor of Religions/Globalizations: Theories and Cases; Changing Conversations: Religious Reflection and Cultural Analysis; and Liberation Theologies, Postmodernity and the Americas. Professor Hopkins is senior editor of the Henry McNeil Turner/Sojourner Truth Series in Black Religion (Orbis Books). He is an ordained American Baptist minister.

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Current and Upcoming Courses


40100 Womanist Theology
40801 Theology and Cultural Studies
41101 Being Human
42610 Theologies from the Underside of History
43501 Contemporary Models of Theology
44502 Black Theology: Liberation or Reconciliation
44704 Womanist Theology: A New Generation