Kyle Brooks

Kyle Brooks, Ph.D., a native of Detroit, MI, is an Assistant Professor at Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He received his B.A., M.A., and M.Div. degrees from Yale University and Yale Divinity School as a fellow in the Institute of Sacred Music. He completed his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University. His current book project engages Jacques Derrida’s concept of hauntology as a lens for interpreting the recurring historical and contemporary roles of Black clergymen in social movements, ultimately disputing the mythology of Black male charisma and rhetorical performance as the core mechanisms of sociopolitical change. His research interests include African American religious cultures, the intersections of Black creative arts and religion, rhetoric & performance studies, and Black cultural studies. His work has been featured in various print and digital venues, including the Journal for Feminist Studies in ReligionFire! The Multimedia Journal for Black Studies, the Political Theology Network, and the forthcoming edited volume Theology and Protest Music (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, Fall 2022). Beyond his scholarly work, Kyle enjoys exploring his creativity as a poet, multi-instrumentalist, and avid baker. He also takes great joy in spending time with his six nieces and nephews. You can follow him on Twitter @thanubianprince.