James Logan
Associate Professor of Religion; Associate Professor and Director of African and African American Studies; Class Dean

James Logan was born in Harlem and raised in the South Bronx. He received a BA in Psychology/Pre-Law from Goshen College, an MA in theology and ethics from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and Ph.D. in religion and society from Princeton Seminary. He is Associate Professor of Religion, and Associate Professor and Director of African and African American Studies. Logan's areas of teaching and research cover religious, philosophical and social ethics; religion and law; constructive Christian theologies; Black religion; theories of religion; and the relationships among religion, ethics and politics in civil/public life.

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334 Carpenter Hall; 205 Landrum Bolling Center

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  • African and African American Studies
  • Religion
  • Office of the Academic Dean


  • Ph.D., Princeton Seminary
  • M.A., Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
  • B.A., Goshen College

Selected Courses:

Is Religion "T(t)rue"?
History of African American Religious Experiences
Introduction to African American Studies
Criminal Justice and Moral Vision
Religion and Culture of Hip Hop
Love, Protest, and Hope
"Human Nature" and Social Change
Text Seminar: Native American Religion/s
Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies in Religion

Manuscript in process tentatively titled, The Limits of Perfection: Race, Nonviolence, and Anabaptist Peace Church Assimilation into the American Social Order.

“Religion, the Natural World, and Migrations of Black Body and Soul,” in Theology and Migration in World Christianity: Contextual Perspectives (in Three Volumes), Volume I: Migration and Church in World Christianity, Editors Elaine Padilla and Peter Phan (Palgrave McMillian, in press).

Selected Publications:

“Healing Memory, Ontological Intimacy, and U.S. Imprisonment: Toward a Christian Politics of ‘Good Punishment’ in Civil Society," Law & Contemporary Problems. Durham, NC: Duke University School of Law, Volume 75, Number 4, 2012. Pgs. 77–86.

"A Response and Invitation to Discernment and Open Dialogue" (aka, "Religion, Environmental Racism and the Black Body") in Violence, Transformation, and the Sacred: They Shall Be Called Children of God, College Theology Society Annual Volume 56, edited by Margaret R. Pfeil and Tobias L. Winright (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012).

Ethics That Matters: African, Caribbean, and African American Sources, Co-Edited with Marcia Riggs (Fortress Press, 2012).

“Immanuel Kant on Categorical Imperative,” in Beyond the Pale: Reading Christian Ethics From the Margins, Eds. Miguel De La Torre and Stacey Floyd-Thomas (Westminster John Knox, 2011).

“Prisons and Prison Reform,” The Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (Baker Academic, 2011).

“Dividing Lines: Where Prisoners Stand in the Divine Politics of Jesus,” Sojourners (February 2011).

Good Punishment? Christian Moral Practice and U.S. Imprisonment (Eerdmans, 2008).

“Liberalism, Race, and Stanley Hauerwas,” CrossCurrents (Winter 2006).

Selected Book Reviews:

Jennifer Graber, The Furnace of Affliction: Prisons & Religion in Antebellum America. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2011. Conrad Grable ReviewSpring 2014, Volume 32, Number 2.

Alex Mikulich, Laurie Cassidy, and Margaret Pfeil. The Scandal of White Complicity in US Hyper-Incarceration: A Nonviolent Spirituality of White Resistance. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. The Journal of Lutheran Ethics. July/August 2013, Volume 13, No 4.

Vincent Lloyd, Editor. Race And Political Theology. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012. Fall 2013 in Political Theology, Volume 14, No. 5.

Nonviolence: A Brief History: The Warsaw Lectures by John Howard Yoder (Baylor University Press, 2010) for Theology Today (April 2011).

American Academy of Religion

Society for the Study of Black Religion

Society of Christian Ethics

Because it one of the country's outstanding liberal arts institutions.

Cosmopolitan and diverse.

Conference participation, research and publishing, speaking engagements, working with doctoral students, faculty advising of student organizations, tracking interrelated cultural productions in society: music, art, dance, religion, politics, crime and punishment, etc.

Traveling to New York City for the cultural arts and visiting extended family, attending college sporting events, saxophone playing.

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