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Corey D. B. Walker

Corey D. B. Walker currently serves as vice president, dean, and professor of religion and society at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. An ordained American Baptist clergyperson and scholar of African-American social, political, and religious thought, he is also a Senior Fellow in Religious Freedom at the Religious Freedom Center in Washington, DC. Prior to his current positions, Walker was founding dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, Business, and Education, and the inaugural John W. and Anna Hodgin Hanes Professor of the Humanities at Winston-Salem State University. Previously, he served as chair of the department of Africana Studies at Brown University, where he was also a tenured professor and faculty affiliate in the department of American Studies, department of Religious Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, and Committee on Science and Technology Studies. Walker also served as a faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies and in the Carter G. Woodson Institute of African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. He was the inaugural director of the Center for the Study of Local Knowledge established by the Carter G. Woodson Institute, with support from the Ford Foundation, as the only research center in the country dedicated to new and innovative research related to the concept of local knowledge. Walker was also a visiting professor at the Historisches Institut at Friedrich-Schiller Universit├Ąt Jena in Germany and a Non-Resident Fellow at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He received his PhD from the College of William and Mary.