Y. Joy Harris-Smith

Senior Lecturer in Communication and Ministry

Y. Joy Harris-Smith
Practical Theology
Templeton Hall

Phone: 609-497-7992
Pentecostal/African Methodist Episcopal


Y. Joy Harris-Smith, MDiv '10, is a senior lecturer whose classes include Speech Communication in Ministry; Intercultural Communication and the Church; and Public Speaking and Human Communication Theory.

Harris-Smith earned a MS.Ed from St. John's University in New York, a MDiv from Princeton Seminary, and a PhD from Howard University. She began teaching at Princeton Seminary in 2014 and previously taught in the New York public school system.

She prides herself in "teaching in the moment" to support her students' spiritual formation and draws upon her training in cultural intelligence to equip them with practical tools to effectively engage in today's multicultural reality.

Learn more about Harris-Smith.


  • The ABCs of Diversity: Helping Kids (and Ourselves!) Embrace Our Differences (Chalice Press, 2020)
  • A New Frontier (Fortress Press, 2017)
  • Book review of Gender and Pentecostal Revivalism: Making a Female Ministry in the Early Twentieth Century in Pneuma 38 (1-2):238-240 (2016)
  • Spiritual Health Identity: Placing Black Women's Lives in the Center of Analysis in Religion and Theology, pp. 380-396 (2016)
  • Prolegomena for Theology and Race (Princeton Theological Review, 2009)
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Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Author, Speaker, Ordained Minister

Danielle Shroyer, Class of 1999

“To be in a community where I got to hear so many different perspectives—that was profound for me. I’m grateful for the curiosity, for the practice of learning that was cultivated for me at Seminary.”