Julia Robinson Moore (Ph.D., Michigan State University) joined the Department of Religious Studies at UNC Charlotte in 2005. She teaches courses in African American Religion, Religions of the African Diaspora, and racial violence in America. Her first book titled, Race, Religion, and the Pulpit: Reverend Robert L. Bradby and the Making of Urban Detroit explores how Bradby’s church became the catalyst for economic empowerment, community-building, and the formation of an urban African American working class in Detroit. Her second book project, Overcoming Race in the Faith: Historical Perspectives in Healing the Divide Between Black and White Presbyterians speaks to the complexities of black and white race relations in America through the sacred context of the Presbyterian Church. This second work offers a history of race relations within American Presbyterianism with an eye towards healing the racial divide with the larger Presbyterian Church. Her third book project is titled, Violence, Victimage, and Lynching: Mimetic Theory and Racial Violence. Building on the assertions of René Girard, this second project seeks to situate race as a category of analysis within arguments of mimetic theory through the lens of American lynchings.
Community & Media Talks in 2018
Lecture, Senior Scholars at Queens,”Racism in America,”January 26, 2018
Community & Media Talks in 2017
Sermon, King University, “Why Should Christians Care About Racism,” King University Chapel, Bristol, TN, November 2017.
Lecture, The Racism Task Force of the Presbytery of Charlotte, “Solutions to Social Injustice Against African American Males,” First United Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC. November 2017.
Lecture, Racial Justice and Advocacy Program, “An Examination of Race, Ethnicity, and “Othering” in American Religious Traditions,” October 19, 2017
Lecture, Religion & Power Conference, Plenary, UNC Charlotte, “Religious Constructions of Racism and Power in America,” March 23-24, 2017
Lecture, Senior Scholars at Queens,”The Violent Intersection of Race and Religion in America,”January 13, 2017
NPR Discussion with Mike Collins and Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler on my book, Race, Religion, and the Pulpit – Rev. Robert L. Bradby and the Making of Urban Detroit, January 18, 2017 at 9:00 am
Lecture, Novant Presbyterian Medical Center, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Service, Charlotte, NC, January 19, 2017 at 10:00 am
Lecture, “Personally Speaking” Published Author Series, on my book, Race, Religion, and the Pulpit – Rev. Robert L. Bradby and the Making of Urban Detroit, January 24, 2017
Community & Media Talks in 2016
NPR Discussion with Tim Funk, religion writer for The Observer and Kris Norris, Baptist pastor and author of Kingdom Politics: In Search of a New Political Imagination for Today’s Church, August 25, 2016.
Trained as a historian and religious studies scholar, I am interested in analyzing the intersections of religion and racism in national and international contexts with an eye towards eradicating racial and religious violence. Specifically, I am committed to studying the ways in which religion has often been used to justify acts of racism, racial violence, and terrorism in order to unearth strategies for justice, healing, and societal reform.