J. Kameron Carter

J. Kameron Carter

Associate Professor of Theology, English, and African American Studies

External address: 
006D New Divinity, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90967, Durham, NC 27708-0967
(919) 660-3425


Professor Carter teaches courses in both theology and black church studies. Working as a theologian, he addresses the basic areas of Christian thought, especially attending to Christology (the person and work of Jesus Christ) and theological anthropology (the human being in Christian perspective). But in engaging such matters, he does so with a view not just to the church or to Christian believers. He does so with a view to the broader humanities, particularly, with an eye toward such fields as cultural studies, gender studies, and philosophy and literature. His book Race: A Theological Account (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008) has recently appeared.

He is presently working on a new book on the ideological uses of Jesus in the modern invention of the human, and thus in the making and sustaining of the present. Addressing this in its religious, secular, and now arguably post-secular forms, Professor Carter calls this the problem of “the cultural Jesus.” The project provides a theological, which at the same time is a cultural, archaeology of the present by getting inside of this problem. But beyond this, and having gotten inside of this problem, Professor Carter reimagines the identity of Jesus and the politics of his identity in light of the new, global realities of the 21st century.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Virginia 2001
  • M.Th., Dallas Theological Seminary 1995
  • B.A., Temple University 1990