Joy Bostic

Assistant Professor

Joy Bostic

Joy R. Bostic received her Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University in 1987 and a Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in public policy and management from The Ohio State University in 1990.

In 1993, she earned a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill., and was ordained a Progressive Baptist minister. While attending Garrett, she also served as a research assistant with the Religion in Urban America Project (an ethnographic study funded by the Lilly Endowment) housed at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Bostic graduated with a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York in 2006. In New York City, she also taught courses in theology and religion at Fordham University at Lincoln Center. In addition, she coordinated the Barnard Columbia Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center and served as the executive director of the African American Task Force on Violence Against Women, a community-based organization in Central Harlem.

At Case Western Reserve, Dr. Bostic’s teaching focuses on such areas as African-American religion and culture, religion and healing, and issues in social justice and urban religion. Her scholarship includes essays, edited works and contributed chapters on mysticism, contemporary religious thought and practice, and womanist/feminist perspectives in religion. She is currently working on a book about mysticism, activism and 19th century African-American women.

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