Yolanda Pierce is the Elmer G. Homrighausen Associate Professor of African American Religion and Literature, and director of the Center for Black Church Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. Pierce earned her M.A. and her Ph.D. from Cornell University. Her area of research lies in African American literature and culture (spiritual and slave narratives, memoirs, and autobiographies), religious studies (contemporary Black theology), and 19th-century American literature (race and religion in antebellum America). She teaches courses in African American religious history, womanist theology, and literature and religion. An ordained minister, she is also a member of various professional organizations, including the Modern Language Association, the American Academy of Religion, and the Society for the Study of Black Religion.
“A Public Praise with Neither Purse Nor Scrip: Old Elizabeth & Womanist Theological Ways” in Theology Today 70(1), 2013.
“Womanist Ways and Pentecostalism: The Work of Recovery and Critique” in Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 35(1), 2013.
“Wounds and Bruises: Enduring the Sacred Scars of Slavery” in Blackwell Companion to Religion and Violence, ed. Andrew Murphy (Wiley-Blackwell Press, 2010).
“Redeeming Bondage: Captivity Narratives and Spiritual Autobiographies in the Slave Narrative Tradition,” in The Cambridge Companion to the Slave Narrative (Cambridge University Press, 2007) .
Hell without Fires: Slavery, Christianity, and the Antebellum Spiritual Narrative in The History of African American Religion Series (University of Florida Press, February 2005).