Judith Weisenfeld

Faculty (LOA AY 2022-2023)
Chair, Department of Religion
Agate Brown and George L. Collord Professor of Religion
Office Phone
234 - 1879 Hall
Office Hours

Field of Study
Religion in America


Judith Weisenfeld joined the Princeton faculty in 2007. Her research and teaching focus on African American religious history, religion and race, and religion in modern American culture. She is the author of Hollywood Be Thy Name: African American Religion in American Film, 1929-1949 and African American Women and Christian Activism: New York’s Black YWCA, 1905-1945. Her most recent book, New World A-Coming: Black Religion and Racial Identity during the Great Migration, was awarded the 2017 Albert J. Raboteau Prize for the Best Book in Africana Religions. Her current research examines the intersections of psychiatry, race, and African American religion in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is also the Co-Director of The Crossroads Project: Black Religious Histories, Cultures, and Communities, which is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.

In addition to her appointment in Religion, she is affiliated with the Department of African American Studies and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies and serves on the Executive Committees of the Program in American Studies and the Center for the Study of Religion.  Professor Weisenfeld is currently on leave for the academic year.