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Biko Mandela Gray

Biko Mandela Gray


Assistant Professor
Religion

bmgray@syr.edu

513 Hall of Languages
315.443.3863


Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Gray’s work operates at the nexus and interplay between continental philosophy of religion and theories and methods in African American religion. His research is primarily on the connection between race, subjectivity, religion, and embodiment, exploring how these four categories play on one another in the concrete space of human experience. He also is interested in the religious implications of social justice movements. He is currently working on a book project that explores how contemporary racial justice movements, like Blacklivesmatter, demonstrate new ways of theorizing the connection between embodiment, religion, and subjectivity.

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Courses

REL 100  Intro. to African American Religion
REL 300  God the Activist

Education

  • PhD, Rice University, Department of Religion, 2017
  • MA, Rice University, Department of Religion, 2013
  • MTS, Vanderbilt Divinity School, 2010
  • BA, Xavier University of Louisiana, 2008

Career

  • Syracuse University, Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, 2017-Present
  • University of Houston, Lecturer, Department of Religion, 2014-2016

Books

 Embodiment and Black Religion 

 Co-authored as part of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning Writing Collective, Embodiment and Black Religion: Rethinking the Body in African American Religious Experience (Equinox Publishing, 2017)

Breaking Bread  Co-authored as part of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning Writing Collective, Breaking Bread, Breaking Beats: Churches and Hip-Hop—A Basic Guide to Key Issues (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014).  

Book Chapters

  • “Show and Prove: Five Percenters and the Study of African American Esotericism,” in There is a Mystery, editors Margarita Guillory, Stephen Finley, and Hugh Page (Leiden: Brill Press, 2014).
  • “Bun B on Religion and Hip Hop: An Interview (by Biko Gray),” in Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain, ed. Anthony Pinn, Monica Miller, and Bernard “Bun B” Freeman (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015)

Journal Articles

  • Co-authored with Stephen C. Finley, “God is a White Racist: Immanent Atheism as a Religious Response to Black Lives Matter and Antiblack State-Sanctioned Violence,” published as part of a Roundtable discussion in the Journal of Africana Religions, Vol. 3, No. 4 (2015), 443-453.