Richard Newton received his PhD in Critical Comparative Scriptures from Claremont Graduate University.
Dr. Newton’s areas of interest include theory and method in the study of religion, African American history, the New Testament in Western imagination, American cultural politics, and pedagogy in religious studies. His research explores how people create “scriptures” and how those productions operate in the formation of identities and cultural boundaries. He has published an array of journal articles, book chapters and online essays. His book, Identifying Roots: Alex Haley and the Anthropology of Scriptures (Equinox 2020), casts Alex Haley’s Roots as a case study in the dynamics of scriptures and identity politics with critical implication for the study of race, religion, and media. He is also the curator of the multimedia professional development network, Sowing the Seed: Fruitful Conversations in Religion, Culture, and Teaching.
Serawit Bekele Debele, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Demnark
Breann Fallon, Sydney Jewish Museum, Australia
Mitsutoshi Horii, Shumei University, Japan and Chaucer College Canterbury, UK
Suzanne Owen, Leeds Trinity University, UK
Steven Ramey, University of Alabama, USA