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About the Dean

Corey D. B. Walker, Ph.D.

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Corey D. B. Walker is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the John W. and Anna Hodgin Hanes Professor of the Humanities.

A scholar of African American social, political, and religious thought, Dean Walker has published broadly on the history of African American political thought and culture, African American religious thought, and religion and public life.  He has lectured before academic audiences in the United States, the Caribbean and South America, Europe, and Africa.

He is the author of The Freemasonry of the Race:  African American Freemasonry and the Struggle for Democracy in America and has recently completed the manuscript for his current book project entitled Between Transcendence and History:  An Essay on Religion and the Future of Democracy in America.  He is editor of the special issue of the journal Political Theology on "Theology and Democratic Futures," Associate Editor of the award winning SAGE Encyclopedia of Identity, and his articles and essays have appeared in such journals as Amerikastudien/American Studies, boundary 2, Cahiers Charles VC.L.R. James JournalJournal of the American Academy of Religion, and South Atlantic Quarterly.  Dean Walker also co-directed and co-produced the documentary film Fifeville with acclaimed artist and filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson.

He has long been involved in civic affairs and organizations, including serving as Vice Rector of the Board of Visitors of Norfolk State University, the Workforce 2000 Advocacy Council, and as a member of the National Advisory Board of the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project.  He has appeared on a variety of radio and television shows and has served as guest commentator for a number of media outlets in the United States and abroad.

Dean Walker graduated from Norfolk State University with a B.S. degree in finance.  After a career in the financial services industry, he went on to earn his M.Div. from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University, M.T.S. from the Divinity School, Harvard University, and Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William and Mary.  He also received the M.A., ad eundem, from Brown University.

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