Barbara Dianne Savage Senior Advisor
Barbara Dianne Savage is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and chair of the Department of Africana Studies of the University of Pennsylvania where she has taught since 1995. She was a member of the University’s History Department from 1995-2013. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in twentieth century African American history; the history of American religious and social reform movements; and the history of the relationship between media and politics. Her most recent book, Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion (Harvard University Press, 2008), is an historical examination of debates about the public responsibility of black churches and the role of religion in racial leadership. At Penn, among other commitments, she has served as Interim Director and Faculty Associate Director of the Center for Africana Studies, and now Graduate and Undergraduate Chair. She also has been a member of the search committees for the President, the Provost, and the University Chaplain, and the Committee on Honorary Degrees. She has received external fellowship awards from the Smithsonian Institution, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University, the Princeton University Center for the Study of Religion, and the Scholars-in-Residence Program at the Schomburg Center on Black Culture of the New York Public Library. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. Savage received her doctorate in history from Yale in 1995, and also holds a law degree from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. Prior to entering graduate school, she worked in Washington, DC, as a Congressional staff member and as a member of the staff of the Children's Defense Fund. During graduate school, she served as Director of Federal Relations, Office of the General Counsel at Yale University.
Brad Braxton Senior Advisor
Brad Braxton focuses on issues related to religion in public life. Brad was a tenured, full professor at Southern Methodist University, where he occupied the Lois Craddock Perkins chair in homiletics (i.e. preaching). Concurrently, Brad is serving as founding senior pastor of The Open Church in Baltimore, a congregation committed to cultural diversity, social justice activism and interfaith collaboration. He also is a senior fellow at Columbia University’s Center for African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice. Brad’s other positions have included faculty appointments at McCormick Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt Divinity School and Wake Forest School of Divinity. He served as senior minister of The Riverside Church in 2008-09.
Brad holds a B.A. from University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar. He earned his master’s degree from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and his Ph.D. from Emory University.
Darnell L. Moore Writer-in-Residence
Darnell Moore is a writer and activist whose work broadly explores the interconnections of race, sexuality, and gender. He is the Senior Editor and Senior Correspondent at Mic. https://mic.com/profiles/188704/darnell-l-moore. He has published in various popular digital and print media outlets as well as peer-reviewed publications addressing a range of topics, including black religiosity and sexuality. He was a past Visiting Fellow at Yale Divinity School, Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University, invited participant in the 2010 Beyond Apologetics: Sexual Identity, Pastoral Theology, and Pastoral Practice colloquium, and participant in Harvard Divinity School's 2012 Seminar on Debates about Religion and Sexuality. He is also a Managing Editor, along with Tamura Lomax and Monica Casper, of The Feminist Wire. While in residence at CARSS, Darnell will be working on several projects, including independent research to edit the special edition of the Journal of Homosexuality on sexuality and the Black church; a co-authored manuscript on queering black theology; a chapter for Black Queer Studies 2.0 edited by E. Patrick Johnson; etc.