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  • Monica A. Coleman, Professor of Africana Studies

    Professor of Africana Studies
    University of Delaware
    413 Ewing Hall
    Newark, DE 19716


    ​Monica A. Coleman is Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Delaware.  She is also an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  She works at the intersection of faith, culture and social justice. She is the author or editor of six books, and several articles and book chapters that focus on the role of faith in addressing critical social and philosophical issues. Her book “Making a Way Out of No Way: a Womanist Theology” is required reading at colleges and universities around the United States. Her memoir “Bipolar Faith: a Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith” received the Silver Illumination Award in 2017. Coleman is active in academic guilds including the American Academy of Religion, the Society for the Study of Black Religion (SSBR) and the Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought (IARPT).  Coleman has received funding from the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation, the Association for Theological Schools, and the Forum for Theological Exploration (formerly, the Fund for Theological Education). Coleman speaks widely on religion and sexuality, religious pluralism, churches & social media, mental health, and sexual and domestic violence.

    Selected Publications

    Bipolar Faith: a Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith (Fortress, 2016)Ain’t I a Womanist Too?: Third Wave Womanist Religious Thought - ed (Fortress, 2013)Not Alone: Reflections on Faith and Depression (Inner Prizes, 2012)Creating Women’s Theology: a Movement Engaging Process Thought - co–ed (Pickwick, 2011)Making a Way Out of No Way: a Womanist Theology (Fortress, 2008)The Dinah Project: a Congregational Response to Sexual Violence (Pilgrim, 2004) “Must I Be Womanist?” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 2006​

    Research Interests

    Professor Coleman’s research interests include African American religions, African traditional religions, black and womanist theologies, process theology, theories of religious pluralism, and the intersection of mental health and faith.  Currently, she is working on a book project tentatively titled, “Black Religious Pluralism: Straddling and Merging Religious Difference.”

    Teaching Interests

    African American religious history, African diasporic religions, black and womanist theologies, cross-cultural liberation theologies, black women’s religious leadership​


    A.B. – Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges
    M.Div. – Vanderbilt University Divinity School
    Cert. Religion, Gender and Sexuality – Vanderbilt University Divinity School
    M.A. – Claremont Graduate University
    Ph.D. – Claremont Graduate University



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