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  • About the Authors

Gary Dorrien teaches at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University. His many books include Kantian Reason and Hegelian Spirit (Blackwell, 2012), which won the Association of American Publishers’ PROSE Award in 2013, and The New Abolition: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Black Social Gospel (Yale, 2015) which won the Grawemeyer Award in 2017. His most recent book is A Darkly Radiant Vision: The Black Social Gospel in the Shadow of MLK (Yale, 2023).

Natalya A. Cherry is Assistant Professor in Methodist Studies and Theology at Brite Divinity School, on the campus of TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. Rev. Dr. Cherry (BA, Georgetown University; MDiv, Wesley Theological Seminary; PhD, Southern Methodist University) is the author of Believing INTO Christ: Relational Faith and Human Flourishing (Baylor, 2021), an invited chapter of The Routledge Companion to John Wesley [ed. Joe Cunningham and Clive Murray Norris (Routledge, 2023)], and numerous journal articles on theology and Methodism. Her personal website is

Kolby Knight received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His dissertation focuses on a group of Catholic aesthetes in the United States who marketed religious art and architecture as tools of social governance at the turn of the twentieth. As a historian of religion in the United States affiliated with the Departments of Religious Studies, Black Studies, and Asian American Studies at UCSB, he takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of religion, art, technology, and law.