Wallace D. Best


“Negroes Sweet and docile, Meek, humble, and kind:
Beware the day They change their minds!” ~Langston Hughes

My Expertise

Dr. Wallace D. Best is Professor of Religion and African American Studies,
Faculty Affiliate of History, and
Director of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University.

He earned a PhD in United States History from Northwestern University and an MA in Church History and Theological Studies from Wheaton College (Illinois). 


The focus of his research and teaching merge at the crucial intersections of American religion, African American religious history, urban religion, cultural studies, and gender and sexuality studies. With attention given to the lived experiences of religion in urban contexts, he employs various historical and literary methodologies to elucidate the ways religious discourses, practices, movements, and institutions shape American society in general and African American life in particular.