Kyle Brooks, Ph.D., a native of Detroit, Michigan, is an Assistant Professor of Homiletics, Worship, Black Church and African Diaspora Studies at Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He received his B.A., M.A., and M.Div. degrees from Yale University and Yale Divinity School as a fellow in the Institute of Sacred Music. He completed his Ph.D. in Religion at Vanderbilt University. His current book project utilizes the framework of Derridean hauntology to reinterpret the recurring historical and contemporary roles of black clergymen in social movements, ultimately disputing the mythology of black male charisma and rhetorical performance as the core mechanisms of sociopolitical change. His research interests include African American religious histories, the intersections of black creative arts and religion, performance & communication studies, and black cultural studies. His work has been published in various print and digital venues, including the Journal for Feminist Studies in Religion, Fire! The Multimedia Journal for Black Studies, and the Political Theology Network.
Beyond his scholarly work, he expresses his creativity as a poet and multi-instrumentalist. As an ordained minister and liturgist, he works to curate spaces and rituals for sacred memory and worship.
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