Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religion
Anthony B. Pinn is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and a professor of religion at Rice University. Pinn is also the founding director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning, also at Rice University; the executive director of the Society for the Study of Black Religion and co-founder of the Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion. In addition, he is the director of research for the Institute for Humanist Studies.
Pinn’s research interests include religion and culture, humanism and hip hop culture, having written extensively on African American religion and humanism.
Pinn received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. in the study of religion from Harvard University. He is the author or editor of over 38 books, including The Black Church in the Post-Civil Rights Era, Terror and Triumph: The Nature of Black Religion, African American Humanist Principles, Noise and Spirit: Rap Music’s Religious and Spiritual Sensibilities, By These Hands: A Documentary History of African American Humanism, Introducing African American Religion, The End of God-Talk: An African American Humanist Theology and the recent novel, The New Disciples. Pinn is active with numerous professional organizations, including service as a member of the American Academy of Religion’s Board of Directors. Click here to visit his website.