Areas of Expertise (7)
Dr. Lloyd is an authoritative voice on current issues and trends related to religion in politics as well as religion and race. He can comment on how religion influences these two areas to affect social change. Lloyd’s research focuses on religion and mass incarceration from various perspectives including religious thought regarding crime and punishment and religious movements in prisons.
University of California, Berkeley: PhD
University of Chicago, Divinity School: Exchange Scholar
University of California, Berkeley: MA
Princeton University: BA
- Steering Committee, Theology & Continental Philosophy Unit, American Academy of Religion
- Member, American Academy of Religion Publications Committee
- Senior Fellow, Religion and Its Publics Project, University of Virginia
- Co-Editor, Political Theology
- Associate Editor, Brill Research Perspectives in Theology
Select Media Appearances (6)
A question of religion and Black radicalism
Black Agenda Radio radio
A question of religion and Black radicalism. Dr. Vincent Lloyd is a professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University. Dr. Lloyd wrote a recent article for Black Agenda Report, in which he maintained that Black American religion is rooted in radicalism, exemplified by leaders such as Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. Lloyd said that what he calls “secularism” means being caught up in “the world as it is,” and not as it should be.
Black Religion as Black Radicalism
Black Agenda Report online
Secularism, says Vincent Lloyd, "wants to give the police better training, to give soldiers humanitarian missions -- not abolish the police and the military.”
Ministers in Charlottesville preached and marched. They proclaimed that God stands in opposition to white supremacy, and they put their bodies on the line against white supremacy. Hundreds of Christian ethicists signed a statement proclaiming that the alt right is a Christian heresy. The University of Virginia’s Religious Studies Department condemned “the intimidation, terror, and violence that convulsed and profaned our city and university.”
In short, middle class, multiracial religious communities did not hesitate to take a stand against American fascists. It is certainly noble to take a stand, and in pragmatic terms religious leadership can provide a useful bulwark against racist terror. But there is another, deeper sort of religiosity found in the black radical tradition of Frederick Douglass, Anna Julia Cooper, Malcolm X, and Albert Cleage.
In this episode, Matt and Dean talk with Vincent Lloyd [there are a ton of very good articles at that hyperlink by the way], Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University, about the Black Panthers, Huey P. Newton, prisons, and more. We looked at two of Vincent’s articles in particular:
“Theology and Real Politics: On Huey P. Newton” and “Mass Incarceration Is Religion (and So Is Abolition): A Provocation.”
Malcolm X and Liberation Theology
Black Agenda Radio radio
“The theological imagination gives us the opportunity to reframe the conversation in the service of justice,” said Dr. Vincent Lloyd, who teaches theology at Villanova University. Malcolm X espoused the religion of the “field Negro,” and “called out his contemporaries, including Dr. King, when they were too invested in the powers that be.”
Letter to a Campus Activist
First Things print
You appear confident, but are unsure. You appear angry, but are afraid. You appear righteous, but are morally adrift. You are a college student, and showing confidence, anger, and righteousness is part of coming of age. This is not a period of exploration, as the authorities in your life euphemistically say. It is a time of rebellion. At its best, rebellion is liberating; at its worst, it crushes the soul.
Why We Need a Public Black Theology for the 21st Century
Religion Dispatches online
To come across a Christian public intellectual—as Alan Jacobs notes in Harper’s this month—is a rare occurrence. To come across a Black Christian public intellectual is even less likely.
The secular audiences that are suspicious of substantial Christian commitments are white secular audiences, and they are doubly suspicious of the public intellectual who embraces Blackness along with Christianity. Yet I’d argue that the need for the Black Christian public intellectual is particularly acute today. Jacobs observes that Christian public intellectuals are uniquely situated to address the conflicts over public religion that appear regularly in the headlines. The Black Christian public intellectual is doubly important, serving as a translator of both Christian and Black concerns to a white, secular public that is attuned to racial injustice more now than any time in the past half century.
Research Grants (5)
Villanova Political Theology Project
Henry Luce Foundation Grant
The Beacon Project/Wake Forest Sub-Grant
Louisville Institute Project Grant for Researchers
Kingdon Fellowship, Institute for Research in the Humanities
University of Wisconsin
American Council of Learned Societies Collaborative Research Grant
American Council of Learned Societies
Select Academic Articles (5)
Forthcoming. Edited by Anthony Pinn, Palgrave Macmillan
Edited by Lieven Boeve, Martin Poulsom, and Stephan van Erp, Bloomsbury.
Special issue edited by Devin Singh, 17:5.
Special issue, 57:3.
Special issue, 17:2 on The Secularization of Hope, edited by David Newheiser.