Anthony Jermaine Ross-Allam

Anthony Jermaine Ross-Allam

Field of Study: Social Ethics

Contact Info:

Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY
Social Ethics, PhD Candidate
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
Master of Divinity, St. Paul MN, 2012

Research Focus
My research is focused on the production of the social ecology of extralegal violence against Afro-Americans
after Emancipation.

Background and Activities:

“A Socio-Philosophical Christianity? The Bible and Protestant Christian Theology in W.E.B. DuBois’s Short Stories and Non-Fiction,” an invited lecture, Union Theological Seminary, April 2021.

“Repentance, Reparations and Redemption,” series lecturer, The Riverside Church, June 2021.

“The Social Function of the Afro-American Tradition of Creative Music Since 1965,” Invited Lecture, Drew University, April 2021.

“Vision Festival 25: Fighting for the Sustainability of Black Improvised Creative Music” Panel moderator for “How Systemic Racism and Cultural Colonization Took Jazz from Black America,” Arts for Art, NYC, July 2021.

“Occupy Inspiration: Toward an Aesthetic-Political Metaphysics of Religious Imagination through Al-Farabi and Wadada Leo Smith,” a peer reviewed panel in “Dreams, Visions, & Prophecies”, for “Religion & the Future,” Boston University Graduate Program in Religion Student Association Boston University, Paper presentation, Fall 2020.

“Gender, Race, and Class: Toward an Understanding of the Essential Work Historical Structures of Inequity Perform in Current Covid-19 Death Rates.” Invited lecture for “Religion and Social Theory,” Fall 2020, at Union Theological Seminary.

“A Gift from Death: Necropolitics and Handing over in James Cameron’s ‘A Time of Terror,’” published in Berkeley Journal of Religion and Theology 4, no. 2 (2018): 53- 81.

“A Gift from Death: Necropolitics and Handing Over in James Cameron’s ‘A Time of Terror,’” Paper presentation, Black Theology Unit, American Academy of Religion, Fall 2018.

“(Re)membering the Body: Trans-generational Storytelling and Recomposing the Black Body Politic” Fall 2019, Political Theology Network Conference—Columbia University & Union Theological Seminary, Paper Presentation.

“Resounding Terror: (Re)membering and Recomposing the Black Body Politic,” a paper presentation for Civil Rights/Early Career Scholars in the Theological Disciplines: “Wisdom and Terror: A Peer-Reviewed Session,” Lubbock Christian University, Lubbock, TX, Summer 2019.

“Resounding Terror: (Re)membering and Recomposing the Black Body Politic,” a paper presentation, at the International PhD Conference at Union Theological Seminary, Spring 2019.

Qualifying Exams:

  • “The Concept of Relations as Social Possibility in the thought of Maximus the Confessor, F.W.J. Schelling, and W.E.B. Du Bois,” 2020. Exam Readers: Gary Dorrien and Robert Gooding-Williams
  • “Reparations and the U.S. American Evasion of Responsibility,” 2020. Exam Readers: Gary Dorrien, Gerald Horne
  • “The Social Ethical Function of Creative Music: Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, and Nicole M. Mitchell,” 2020. Exam Readers: Jason Bivins, Vijay Iyer, and Andrea White
  • “The Social Ecology of Extralegal Anti-Black Violence after Reconstruction,” 2020. Exam Readers: Gary Dorrien, Barbara J. Fields

Language Competencies:

  • German
  • French

Awards, Fellowships, and Memberships:

2021 Daniel Day Lewis Fellowship for Excellence in Theological Studies
Louisville Institute Fellow • Doctoral Fellow, Fall 2019-Spring 2021
Arts for Art, Board of Advisors • 2021
National Black Presbyterian Caucus • New York Chapter member, 2020-present
American Academy of Religion, Member • 2017-present
Lilly Community Builder Grant Recipient • 2016-2018
Collegeville Institute Fellow at St. John’s University, MN • 2015-2016
Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection • Commission Member, 2011-2017

Black Theologies, 2021
Social Ethics, 2021
Antiracist Theologies, 2021
Black Social Gospel, 2020
American Theological Liberalism, 2020
Introduction to Systematic Theology, 2018