Tamara Lewis

Professor of the Practice of Historical Theology Director, Black/Africana Church Studies Program

Tamara E. Lewis, Instructor in Church History, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University (SMU)


Office Location

Selecman 211a




Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2014; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 2011; M.Div., Vanderbilt University, 2000; M.A., Tennessee State University, 1999; B.A., Univ. of Central Arkansas, 1994

Research Interests

My research examines the ways Protestant doctrine was used in the development of racial ideologies in early modern England. This involves tracing how theological beliefs were applied to and shaped emerging discourses and practices regarding skin color differences in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Moreover, I analyze early modern perspectives about theological anthropology and somatic difference in relation to England’s burgeoning participation in the transatlantic human trade, slavery, and colonialism.

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