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Suzanne Young Murray Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute and assistant professor of African American religions at Harvard Divinity School

Todne Thomas, an anthropologist who specializes in religion, race, and kinship, is an assistant professor of African American religions at Harvard Divinity School and a Suzanne Young Murray Assistant Professor at Radcliffe. She came to Harvard after serving as an assistant professor of religion at the University of Vermont, a position she held from 2013 to 2017.

Thomas earned her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia. Her current book project—based on extensive ethnographic work in Atlanta, Georgia—attempts to show how traditionally African American and more recent Afro-Caribbean immigrant churches appeal to (or obscure) the interwoven nature of race and kinship to navigate racial discrimination.

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