K. Merinda Simmons is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at The University of Alabama. Her manuscript, Mary Prince and Her Sisters: Gender, Race, Migration, and the Problem of Authenticity, has recently been contracted by Ohio State University Press and her other books include Studying Religion: A Reader (Acumen, forthcoming) and the co-edited Race and Displacement (The University of Alabama Press, 2013). She is also the co-editor (along with Houston Baker) for the newly contracted collection, The Trouble with Post-Blackness (Columbia University Press), examining the assumptions that make possible the ideal of “post-blackness” that many media moguls, politicians, and public intellectuals have now adopted. Her areas of research and publication incorporate literary and religious studies, with critical emphases in Southern Studies, gender theory, feminist philosophy, as well as postcolonial literary theory. Merinda is currently conducting grant-funded research on negotiations of “religion” as a system of social exchange in 18th and 19th-century Southern U.S. port cities.
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