Ph.D. Candidates

Stanley T. Talbert

Field of StudySystematic Theology

Contact Info:

A.S., Southwestern Christian College
B.A., Pepperdine University
M.Div., Union Theological Seminary



Research Focus:
Stanley’s research focuses on theology, race, and democracy. Through a transdisciplinary methodology, he engages 20th-century Crisis Theology, Black Theology, Womanist Theology, and Liberationist Theologies. He also studies the notions of freedom, hope, and justice in African-American history, literature, and culture.

Background & Activities:
Stanley is the author of “Unveiling Radical Love: A Theological Reflection on Radical Love in the Age of Ferguson,” in Reconciliation Reconsidered (Abilene Christian University Press, 2016). He has published numerous articles on theology, race, and culture in the Journal for Religion, Film, and Media (forthcoming), The Huffington Post, Ebony, and the African American Lectionary.

He is the recipient of Louisville Institute’s Doctoral Fellowship, the Carl Holladay Doctoral Fellowship, Union Theological Seminary’s Hudnut Preaching Award, the Charles Augustus Briggs Award, and the Traveling Fellows Award. His accomplishments in ministry and theological education have been featured in “Faith: Active in the Head, Heart, and Hand” and Pepperdine Magazine. He is an ordained minister in the Churches of Christ and began preaching at the age of nine. Stanley Talbert is the Society for the Study of Black Religion Graduate Student Assistant.

Stanley Talbert is the Society for the Study of Black Religion Graduate Student Assistant. He is also a board member of the Justice League of Texas, based in Dallas. Talbert was a participant of the 2015 Millennial Leaders Project, where fifty young activists, leaders, and clergy across the United States were selected to engage social issues from the intersection of spirituality and social justice. He hopes to leave a legacy of radical love that witnesses to God, his family, and the profound traditions of freedom fighters.

Teaching Fellow: The Life & Thought of James Baldwin with Dr. James H. Cone
Teaching Fellow: Introduction to the Bible with Dr. Brigitte W. Kahl
Instructor: Christianity & Culture (Pepperdine University)