The Hip Hop and Religion Reader

by Monica R Miller (Editor), Anthony B. Pinn (Editor)
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What Are People Saying about Hip Hop and Religion?

David Morgan, Duke University

“It is virtually impossible to imagine the study of popular culture today that does not give Hip Hop its due. With this Reader, Miller and Pinn offer scholars and students alike an indispensable collection of materials that will inform research and program classroom study…”

Stewart Hoover, University of Colorado Boulder

“Miller and Pinn have laid the groundwork for important and exciting new research into interactions between music cultures and religious cultures in a range of domains.”

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Marc Lamont Hill, Morehouse College

“Miller and Pinn have assembled an impressive body of interdisciplinary texts that spotlight hip-hop’s longstanding and deep relationship to religious narratives, traditions, institutions, and ideologies…”

Gordon Lynch, University of Kent

The Hip Hop and Religion Reader provides the most comprehensive analysis of religious dimensions of hip hop culture yet available.

Dr. Abby Day, University of Kent

“This Reader is the essential resource to introduce students and researchers to what the editors describe as a ‘more fully formed canon rightly called hip hop studies’…”

John L. Jackson, Jr., University of Pennsylvania

“The Hip Hop and Religion Reader is a revelation—and almost in the truest theological sense. Miller and Pinn have produced what is clearly the most comprehensive and ambitious scholarly volume on the links between religiosity and hip-hop culture/music ever compiled. …”

Edited by two recognized scholars of African-American religion and culture, this reader, the first of its kind, provides the essential texts for an important and emerging field of study – religion and hip hop. Until now, the discipline of religious studies lacked a consistent and coherent text that highlights the developing work at the intersections of hip hop, religion and theology. Moving beyond an institutional understanding of religion and offering a multidimensional assortment of essays, this new volume charts new ground by bringing together voices who, to this point, have been a disparate and scattered few. Comprehensively organized with the foundational and most influential works that continue to provide a base for current scholarship, The Hip Hop and Religion Reader frames the lively and expanding conversation on hip hop’s influence on the academic study of religion.



Michael Eric Dyson
Greg Dimitriadis
H. Samy Alim
Joseph Winters
John L. Jackson
Margarita L. Simon
Elonda Clay
Angela M. Nelson
Martina Viljoen
Racquel Cepeda
Juan M. Floyd-Thomas
Felicia M. Miyakawa
Dervla Sara Shannahan
Qurra Hussain

Josef Sorett
Cheryl Kirk-Duggan
Marlon Hall
John B. Hatch
Daniel White Hodge
Judah Cohen
Malka Shabtay
Stephen J. Rosen
Ian Condry
Anthony Y.H. Fung
Siphiwe Ignatius Dube
James Perkinson
Robin Sylvan

Monica Miller, Ph.D.

Monica Miller, Ph.D.

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Anthony Pinn, Ph.D.

Anthony Pinn, Ph.D.

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Monica Miller, Ph.D.

Monica Miller, Ph.D.


Monica R. Miller holds research interests in religion in youth culture, popular culture, identity and difference, new black religious movements and theory and method in the study of religion. She earned her Ph.D. in Theology, Ethics, and Human Science from Chicago Theological Seminary (2010), M.T.S. from Drew Theological School (2006) and B.A. in Religious Studies from Fordham University (2004). Among a host of articles and book chapters, Miller is the author of Religion and Hip Hop (Routledge, 2012). Miller currently serves as a Senior Research Fellow with The Institute for Humanist Studies (Washington, DC), is Co-Chair and founder of Critical Approaches to the Study of Hip Hop and Religion Group (American Academy of Religion), Principal Investigator of “Remaking Religion” which examines changing patterns of religion and irreligion in youth culture in Portland, Oregon, member of the Culture on the Edge scholarly collective (University of Alabama), contributing editor of The Marginalia Review of books in history, theology, and religion, and editorial board member of The Journal of Hip Hop Studies . Miller is co-author of forthcoming volumes, Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain with Anthony B. Pinn and rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman (Bloomsbury Press), in addition to Claiming Identity in the Study of Religion (Equinox, 2014) and The Religion and Hip Hop Reader with Anthony B. Pinn (Routledge). Her work has been featured in a host of regional and national print, radio, live video, and TV news outlets including NPR, The Washington Post, The Oregonian, The Root, Left of Black, and Huffington Post Live. She has presented her research at colleges, universities, and conferences throughout the U.S., Cuba and Canada. Miller writes for Huffington Post,, and the Culture on the Edge Scholarly Collective. She maintains a website at and can be found on Twitter @religionhiphop.

Anthony Pinn, Ph.D.

Anthony Pinn, Ph.D.


Anthony B. Pinn received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1994. Other degrees include the BA from Columbia University, and the MDiv and MA, both from Harvard. Pinn began his teaching career at Macalester College (St. Paul, MN), where his research and teaching earned him early tenure and promotion to full professor within the first eight years of his career. In 2003, Pinn accepted an offer from Rice University (Houston, TX), becoming the first African American to hold an endowed chair at the University. After an additional semester at Macalester and a semester at Williams College as the Sterling Brown 1922 Visiting Professor, Pinn joined the Rice faculty as the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. While at Rice, Pinn founded and directed the Houston Enriches Rice Education (HERE) project (2007-2012). During the summer of 2012, Pinn received approval to transform the HERE Project into the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning. This center is a part of the Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Pinn also founded and directs the doctoral concentration in the study of African American Religion at Rice. Outside Rice, Pinn has served as the first executive director of the Society for the Study of Black Religion, and he also served on the Meadville Lombard Theological School Board of Trustees (2007-2012). In addition, he has served in various roles on the board of directors and the executive committee of the American Academy of Religion. He is also the Director of Research for the Institute for Humanist Studies Think Tank (Washington, DC).

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