Head shot of Anthony Pinn
  • Kinder Fellow
  • Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religion, Rice University
  • Founding Director, Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning, Rice University

Anthony B. Pinn received his bachelor of arts from Columbia University and his master of divinity and Ph.D. in the study of religion from Harvard University. He is currently the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religion at Rice University. Pinn is the founding director of Rice University's Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL). Pinn’s research interests include religion and culture, humanism and hip hop culture. He is the author/editor of over 35 books, including The Black Church in the Post-Civil Rights Era (2002); Terror and Triumph: The Nature of Black Religion (2003); Noise and Spirit: Rap Music’s Religious and Spiritual Sensibilities (2004); and the novel, The New Disciples (2015). Pinn is also director of research for the Institute for Humanist Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.