Judith Weisenfeld joined the Princeton faculty in 2007. Her research and teaching focus on African American religious history, religion and race, and religion in modern American culture. She is the author of Hollywood Be Thy Name: African American Religion in American Film, 1929-1949 and African American Women and Christian Activism: New York’s Black YWCA, 1905-1945. Her most recent book, New World A-Coming: Black Religion and Racial Identity during the Great Migration, was awarded the 2017 Albert J. Raboteau Prize for the Best Book in Africana Religions. Her current research examines the intersections of psychiatry, race, and African American religion in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
In addition to her appointment in religion, she is affiliated with the Department of African American Studies and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies and serves on the executive committees of the Program in American Studies and the Center for the Study of Religion. Weisenfeld currently serves as chair of the Department of Religion