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209 Landrum Bolling Center

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Matthew Cressler

Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Religion


  • African and African American Studies
  • Religion


  • Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
  • B.A., Saint Bonaventure University

Selected Courses

  • Is Religion "T(t)rue"?
  • History of African American Religious Experiences
  • Black Nationalism and Black Power
  • Riots and Rebellions in African American History
  • Becoming Someone New: Stories of Spiritual Transformation


Matthew Cressler has a passion for exploring the relationship between religion, race, and politics. His research interests include African American religious history, especially Black communities on the margins of “the Black Church,” the study of religion in the Americas, and theory in the study of religion.

Cressler specializes in Black Catholic history and has a book in progress titled From Conversion to Revolution: The Rise of Black Catholic Chicago.

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Historical Association
  • American Catholic Historical Association
  • American Society of Church History

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