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Josef Sorett is an associate professor of religion and African-American studies at Columbia University, where he also directs the Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice (CARSS). As an interdisciplinary scholar of religion and race in the Americas, he employs primarily historical and literary approaches to the study of religion in black communities and cultures in the United States. His first book, Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics (2016), illumines how religion has figured in debates about black art and culture across the twentieth century. Sorett's scholarship has been published in academic journals and anthologies; and his writing and commentary have also appeared in a range of popular media outlets, including ABC News, Huffington Post, New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, and NPR.