Dr. Darrius Hills

Title: 
Assistant Professor
Office Location: 
Holmes Hall 302
Phone: 
(443) 885-1808
Email: 
darrius.hills@morgan.edu
Education:

Ph.D. in Religion, Rice University, 2016
M.A. in Religious Studies, Rice University, 2014
M. Div.  Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Summa Cum Laude), 2009
B.A. Centenary College of Louisiana (Cum Laude), 2006

Education:

Ph.D. in Religion, Rice University, 2016
M.A. in Religious Studies, Rice University, 2014
M. Div.  Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Summa Cum Laude), 2009
B.A. Centenary College of Louisiana (Cum Laude), 2006

Dr. Hills joined the Morgan State University community in Fall 2016 shortly after completing the Ph.D in Religion (with a specialization in African American Religion) from Rice University. His research addresses various articulations of African American religious thought, theology, womanist religious thought, philosophy of religion, American religious culture(s), and masculinity studies. Specifically, Dr. Hills draws upon womanist religious thought and literary sources as a guiding frame of reference to unpack and reconsider notions of human relationality, community, and black male identity. Currently, Dr. Hills is working on his first book monograph, tentatively titled: Reciprocal Imaginings: Black Religious Thought and Black Male Identity.

For academic year 2019-2020, Dr. Hills was the recipient of a First Book Grant Award for Minority Scholars from the Louisville Institute, and he was most recently selected one of ten junior religion scholars nation-wide as part of the 2020-2022 cohort of the prestigious Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Dr. Hills' research and scholarship has been supported by generous funding from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (of the United Methodist Church), The Forum for Theological Exploration (formerly The Fund for Theological Education), and the Louisville Institute for the Study of American Religion.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
African American Religious Thought, Theology, Black Male Studies, Religion and Gender, Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Popular Culture

RECENT PUBLICATIONS (articles and book chapters):
Co-authored with Seth Vannatta. "DuBoisian Double Consciousness and the Appropriation of Black Male Bodies in Jordan Peele's Get Out" (2019)

"Admirable of Ridiculous?" The Burdens of Black Women Scholars and Dialogue in the Work of Solidarity." Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion (2019).

"Killmonger's Quandary: Notes on Religious Meaning, Freedom, and Identity in Black Panther." The Journal of Africana Religions (2020).

"We Gon' Be Alright: Kendrick Lamar and the Theology of Affirmation." You Gon' Learn Today: The Aesthetics of Christian Hip Hop, eds., Erika Gault and Travis Harris (New York: Routledge Press, 2019).

"Loving [You] is Complicated: An Exploration of Black Self-Love in the Rap Music of Kendrick Lamar." Kendrick Lamar and the Making of Black Meaning, eds. Christopher Driscoll, Monica Miller, and Anthony Pinn (New York: Routledge Press, 2019).

"You Will Not Replace Us! An Exploration of Religio-Racial Identity and White Nationalism." The Religion of White Rage: White Workers, Religious Fervor, and the Myth of Black Racial Progress, eds., Stephen Finley, Biko Mandela Gray, and Lori Martin (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2019).

COURSES TAUGHT
PHIL220 Ethics and Values (Ethics and Values in Modern Civil Rights)
PHIL220 Ethics and Values (Philosophical Reflections on Sexuality and Gender in Black America)
PHIL220 Ethics and Values (Black Perspectives in Existentialism)
RELG 201 Introduction to the Study of Religion
RELG 305 Introduction to World Religions
RELG 309 African and African American Religious Traditions
RELG 321 Religion and Politics
PHIL 490/491 Reading and Writing in Philosophy