Nicole Myers Turner

Assistant Professor of Religion
245 - 1879 Hall
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Field of Study
Religion in America


Dr. Nicole Myers Turner joined the Princeton Department of Religion as Assistant Professor in 2022. She specializes in African American religious, political and gender history in the nineteenth century and mobilizes Africana Studies and Black Digital Humanities methods in her research. Her book, Soul Liberty: The Evolution of Black Religious Politics in Post-Emancipation Virginia (University of North Carolina Press, 2020), narrates the transformation in Black religious political strategies that occurred from 1865 to 1890. In addition to being published as a paperback, the book also appears as an open-access, enhanced e-book by Fulcrum Press and features interactive images and maps.  Soul Liberty has been widely reviewed and was a finalist for the 2021 Library of Virginia Literary Nonfiction Award.

In addition to researching the history of Black Protestants and politics after Emancipation, Turner has written essays on Black Christianity after Emancipation, African American Religion and Politics, and Black church activism and race politics beyond the binaries of accommodation and protest.  She is currently researching early African American religious history and themes of physical, social and affective movement.