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Center for Critical Race Studies Announces 2023 Scholar-in-Residence

Nationally Renowned Scholar and Educator Dr. Stacey Floyd-Thomas

UHD’s Center for Critical Race Studies (CCRS) continues hosting groundbreaking experts who foster innovative analysis and critical consideration of our nation’s ongoing struggle to end racial disparities. Nationally renowned scholar and educator Dr. Stacey Floyd-Thomas has accepted CCRS’ invitation to serve as the 2023 Scholar in Residence on April 3-6.

Monday, April 3
Fireside Chat with Dr. Toniesha Taylor
Texas Southern University
5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 4
Administrator & Staff Development Seminar
TDECU Tour Room
2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 5
Undergraduate Student Keynote Luncheon
Houston and Buffalo Rooms, Academic A300
11:30 a.m.

Faculty/Teaching Seminar
Milam/Travis Rooms (Hybrid+)
12:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 6
Critical Race Studies Annual Lecture & Public Reception
“Deliver Us from Evil (a.k.a. The Ethical Undoing of What History Has Done)”
Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium
4 p.m.

Flloyd-Thomas is the Associate Professor of Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and co-founder of the Society for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Religion. She also serves as the Executive Director of both the Society of Christian Ethics and the nationally acclaimed Black Religious Scholars Group.Capture

Floyd-Thomas’ research interests lie at the intersection of ethics, feminist/womanist studies, Black Church studies, critical pedagogy, critical race theory, and postcolonial studies. Her overall approach to the study of Christian social ethics engages broad questions of moral agency, cultural memory, ethical responsibility, and social justice. Drawing on socio-historical methods and liberation ethics, her work in Christian social ethics has a threefold focus—race, gender, and class. For her, religious discourse is inseparable from thinking about how to construct a justice-seeking community.

She has published numerous articles and chapters in addition to authoring six books. Floyd-Thomas is best known for her groundbreaking works: “Mining the Motherlode: Methods in Womanist Ethics” (2006), “Deeper Shades of Purple: Womanism in Religion and Society” (2006), “Black Church Studies: An Introduction” (2007), “U. S. Liberation Theologies: An Introduction” (2010), “Beyond the Pale: Reading Theology from the Margins” (2011). Her current research projects include “Exodus in America: The Unlikely Alliance between White Jews and Black Christians” in addition to “Liberation Theologies in the United States: An Introduction,” which continue to address the ongoing challenge of liberationist discourse and interdisciplinary scholarship.

Floyd-Thomas is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Texas Christian University Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar; the Brite Divinity School’s Catherine Saylor Hill Faculty Excellence Award in Scholarship, Teaching and Service; the Louise Clark Brittan Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching; the Virginia Tech Diggs Teaching Scholar Award; the JPMorgan Chase/Texas Business Press Great Women of Texas Award; the American Academy of Religion Excellence in Teaching Award; and the Womanist Legend Award. 

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.