Jonese Austin

I am a scholar, writer, minister, and womanist passionate about doing works at the intersections of religion, race, gender and sexuality, and the arts. Currently, I am a PhD student in Duke University's Cultural Anthropology program, intending to pursue certificates in African and African American Studies and Feminist Studies. My time time at Duke University is a continuation of the work I began as a student at Emory University's Candler School of Theology from which I graduated with my Master of Divinity with certificates in Black Church Studies and Baptist Studies in May of 2022. In May of 2019, I graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service. I graduated with honors in my major of Culture and Politics with a focus in religion and social justice, a minor in African American Studies, and a certificate in Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs. My professional goal is to enter a career at the intersections of ministry, nonprofit work, academia, and politics that will allow me to bring healing, wholeness, and liberation for all people, but especially Black women, through research and writing, theology, direct action, and policy.

Current Research Interests

I am interested in exploring how Black Christian women in the U.S. South come to understand their bodies and sexuality through dance in "sacred" and "secular" spaces. My research focuses particularly on the impact of the messages dancers receive in these spaces on their lived experiences and the ways these messages shape everything from how they govern themselves in relationships with others to their political beliefs.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

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