Joy Bostic

Associate Professor

Tomlinson Hall 243E

Dr. Joy R. Bostic is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies, as well as the founding director of the new minor in African and African American Studies and a program faculty member of the Women’s and Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies programs, at Case Western Reserve University. Her teaching and scholarship focus on such areas as African American religion and culture; religion, healing, and social justice; and womanist/feminist theory. She is the author of African American Female Mysticism: Nineteenth-Century Religious Activism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

She received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Indiana University and went on to earn a Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in public policy and management from The Ohio State University. She attended Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary where she was awarded the Master of Divinity degree. After graduating from seminary, she was ordained a Christian minister at Second Baptist Church in Evanston, Illinois. While attending Garrett-Evangelical, she worked as a research assistant for the Religion in Urban America Project, an ethnographic study based at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In 2006, Reverend Bostic received her Ph.D. in systematic theology from Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York. While living in New York City, she served as an associate minister at Second Canaan Baptist Church and taught courses in theology and religion as an adjunct professor at Fordham University at Lincoln Center. She also worked as the coordinator of the Barnard Columbia Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center and was the executive director of the African American Task Force on Violence against Women, a community-based organization in Central Harlem.

An artist at heart, Professor Bostic is a student of dance, photography, and the textile arts.

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