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Spencer Dew

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Spencer Dew

Associate Teaching Professor


424 Hagerty Hall
1775 S. College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-11am. Wednesdays and Fridays 1pm-2pm.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Religion, Race, and Law


  • PhD, University of Chicago

Spencer Dew is the author, most recently, of The Aliites: Race and Law in the Religions of Noble Drew Ali (University of Chicago Press, 2019), winner of the Albert J. Raboteau Prize for Best Book in Africana Religions. Dew is short review editor for Religious Studies Review and currently working on a book-length study of the contemporary indigenous Taíno movement in the US mainland diaspora, focusing on Taíno theories of media and metaphysics.


Sample publications:

“An Introduction to ‘Foreign in a Domestic Sense’: Religion and US Empire,” American Religion, Vol. 3, No. 2, Spring 2022

“‘Moors Know the Law’:  Sovereign Legal Discourse in Moorish Science Religious Communities,” Journal of Law and Religion, Vol. 31, No. 1, March 2016

“Indigeneity” in Religion, Law, USA, edited by Joshua Dubler and Isaac Weiner, New York University Press, 2019

“‘Damn Us’: DAMN, Hebrew Israelite Theology, and the Irony of American Exceptionalism,” for Kendrick Lamar and the Making of Black Meaning, edited by Christopher Driscoll, Monica R. Miller, and Anthony B. Pinn, Routledge, 2019

Please see the attached pdf Curriculum Vitae (CV) below.