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Leonard Cornell McKinnis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions

Office Hours

T: 1-3 p.m.

Courses Taught

Theological Foundations American Prophet: Philosophical and Theological Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr., Religion and Social Change in America: Black Theology and the Politics of Identity Black Theology and its Critics


Ph.D. in Systematic Theology, Loyola University of Chicago
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School

Research Interests

  • Black liberation theologies
  • African-American religious experiences
  • Pneumatology
  • Theological anthropology
  • Religion and ethnography

Publications and Media Placements

(Forthcoming) “Turn Toward the Spirit: An Epistemological Shift in Black Theology From Christ to Black Jesus: Black Theology’s Christological move as operative in the Black Coptic Church,” Black Theology: An International Journal, vol. 14, No. 3, 2016. (Autumn 2016)

“Liberating the Incarnation of the Word: Michael Brown, Ferguson, and the Problem of the Normative Gaze,” Syndicate July/August 2014: 124-129, Print.

Honors and Awards

Summer Research Award, Saint Louis University, $9,755

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Catholic Theological Society of America

Community Work and Service

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.