Michael Eric Dyson, a globally renowned scholar of race, religion and contemporary culture, will join Vanderbilt University in Nashville as Centennial Chair and University Distinguished Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies in the College of Arts and Science. He will also serve as University Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society in the Divinity School. Professor Dyson will join the Vanderbilt faculty on January 1.
“I look forward to joining the vibrant and collaborative Vanderbilt community at a pivotal time when — as scholars and engaged citizens — we can make a significant impact on the future of our nation,” Professor Dyson said.
Dr. Dyson currently is a professor of sociology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He is a the author of more than 20 books, including the forthcoming Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America (St. Martin’s Press, 2020) and the bestseller Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America (St. Martin’s Press). He won an American Books Award for Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster (Civitas, 2006).
A native of Detroit, Dr. Dyson is an ordained Baptist minister. He is a graduate of what is now Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee. He holds a Ph.D. in religion from Princeton University.