Department of Religious Studies

Ashley Coleman Taylor

Ph.D., Emory University

Assistant Professor
Ashley Coleman Taylor



Black Feminism | Black Genders and Sexualities | Pragmatism | Queer of Color Critique | Africana Religions | Anthropology of Religion | Psychology of Religion | Puerto Rican Studies | Atlanta Studies


R S 366 • Afr Religion In New World

42484 • Spring 2020
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM PAR 206
GC (also listed as AFR 374E, LAS 322)

Often interpreted as witchcraft, superstition, or paganism, African diaspora religions remain some of the most misunderstood traditions in the Americas. Although social scientists, philosophers, literary studies scholars, historians and religionists have contributed to the transdisciplinary theoretical and methodological foundation of the field, the traditions persist as an understudied element within larger religious studies discourse. In this course, we will explore the contributions of scholars and artists who engage African diaspora religions in their work through multiple conceptual approaches. The course focus includes topics such as ritual and material culture, corporeality and aesthetics, cosmology and philosophy, and decolonization and sovereignty within the traditions. Students can expect to gain an understanding of Kongo, Vodun, and Yoruba-based traditions across the Americas and the Caribbean as well as U.S. conjure culture.

WGS 303 • Introduction To Lgbtq Studies

44725 • Fall 2019
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GDC 2.402

Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies.

Explores concepts of gender and sexuality, race, class, religion, and nation; as well as skills in theory, history, and research methods relevant to LGBTQ studies. The course will also survey the making of modern understandings of sexual and LGBTQ identities in the last one hundred years and the implications of this history for broader understandings of gender and sexuality.

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