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Charles Becknell


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  • Ph.D. in Educational Thought and Sociocultural Studies from The University of New Mexico


I came to the Religious Studies Program in 2022, prior to serving as Director of Africana Studies at UNM.  I am a passionate educator who examines the intersections of African American religion and culture, constructive Black theology, and Black liberation.  More recently, I’ve gained an interest in prophetic discourse that results in alternatives to oppressive systems, ways of being, and the recreation of subversive spaces of resistance.  In the Religious Studies Program, I teach a variety of courses that range from Black Religion and Liberation, African American Religions, Religious History of America, and World Religions.  I earned my B.A. in Liberal Arts from UNM, my M.A. from Clark Atlanta University (A Historically Black College and University—HBCU), and my Ph.D. in Educational Thought and Sociocultural Studies from UNM. I am currently working toward earning my MDiv from Chicago Theological Seminary and editing a collection of my sermons for a forthcoming publication.