LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant is Associate Professor of Africana Studies and the next Associate Dean of the Faculty at Williams College. After completing her undergraduate education at Duke University, Rhon received a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and a PhD in Religion from Emory’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
A beloved teacher, she is known for her innovative incorporation of media technologies and has been featured in various presentations, including the TEDx talk #dangerousbodies #blackwomen #scifi. Her scholarship, teaching, and administrative experience are augmented by her affiliations with the Religion Department and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Williams, as well as her professional commitments to the American Academy of Religion (AAR), the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD), and the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations (PCA/ACA), to name a few.
A proud native of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, she navigates the academy as a scholar-artist, and her work merges her life as a musician and vocalist with her interdisciplinary interdisciplinary scholarship, which embraces ethnographic methods, and the intersections of Africana studies, religious studies, gender studies, media studies, and fat studies. Professor Manigault-Bryant is a regular blogger for the African American Intellectual Historical Society, the author of Talking to the Dead: Religion, Music, and Lived Memory among Gullah/Geechee Women (Duke University Press, 2014), and co-author of Womanist and Black Feminist Responses to Tyler Perry’s Productions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) with Tamura A. Lomax and Carol B. Duncan.
Professor Manigault-Bryant is a sworn believer in the healing powers of laughter and uninhibited love, and she celebrates those commitments with her husband James, and their son, Cy. Occasionally, you can find her adding colorful, critical, commentary to the digital universe via Twitter© @DoctorRMB.