Vincent Lloyd


Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies

Director, Africana Studies Program

Villanova University


I research and teach about the philosophy of religion, religion and politics, and race. I was previously a faculty member at Syracuse University and Georgia State University. My CV is here. My e-mail address is vincent.lloyd[at]

Joshua Dubler and I recently completed a book manuscript on religion and mass incarceration - Break Every Yoke: Religion, Justice, and the Abolition of Prisons - exploring the way that shifting understandings of justice and law (in politics, religious communities, and inside prisons) authorized exponential prison growth in the United States. We tell stories that are intended to make possible alliances between secular prison abolitionists and social justice-minded religious communities.

These days I'm thinking about dignity, following up on my book Black Natural Law. I'm trying to use legal history, Black studies, performance theory, and religion to explore what we might learn about the concept of dignity from the Black American experience.

I co-edit the journal Political Theology, and I edit the American Academy of Religion's Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion book series, published by Oxford University Press.

I am vegan. I live with a partner, a daughter, and a pitbull in Philadelphia's Powelton neighborhood. My two favorite musicians are Nicole Reynolds and Kimya Dawson.  

Here are a few public-facing essays I've written:




Edited Collections

Articles & Chapters

Selected Reviews


Seminars and Lecture Courses

Selected Independent Study and Directed Reading Courses


(photo, by Clare Huang, on the cover of Law and Transcendence)