Corey D. B. Walker

Wake Forest Professor of the Humanities

Office: Tribble Hall B207
Phone: (336) 758-4728
Email: walkerco@nullwfu.edu

Corey D. B. Walker is the Wake Forest Professor of the Humanities at Wake Forest University. His research and teaching interests include Africana philosophy, critical theory, ethics, social and political philosophy, and religion and public life. His scholarship and public speaking attracts a broad audience and he provides informed commentary to a number of media outlets.

He is the author of A Noble Fight: African American Freemasonry and the Struggle for Democracy in America, co-editor with Melody C. Barnes and Thad Williamson, Community Wealth Building and the Reconstruction of American Democracy: Can We Make American Democracy Work, editor of the “Theology and Democratic Futures” special issue of the journal Political Theology, and associate editor of the award-winning SAGE Encyclopedia of Identity. He has published over sixty articles, essays, book chapters and reviews appearing in a wide range of scholarly journals and co-directed and co-produced the documentary film fifeville with acclaimed artist and filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson. He also served as book review editor and associate editor of The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, generally considered the top academic journal in the field.

He has held faculty and academic leadership positions at Brown University, University of Virginia, Virginia Union University, and Winston-Salem State University and visiting faculty appointments at Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena, Union Presbyterian Seminary, and University of Richmond. He was also a non-resident fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.


  • Education

    Ph.D. The College of William and Mary
    MAad eundem, Brown University
    M.T.S. Harvard University
    M.Div. Virginia Union University
    BS Norfolk State University

  • Publications

    With Melody C. Barnes and Thad Williamson, eds., Community Wealth Building and the Reconstruction of American Democracy: Can We Make American Democracy Work (Gloucestershire, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020).

    Associate Editor, SAGE Encyclopedia of Identity, 2 Volumes (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2010).

    Editor, “Theology and Democratic Futures,” special issue of Political Theology 10.2 (April 2009).

    A Noble Fight: African American Freemasonry and the Struggle for Democracy in America (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2008).

    Articles appearing in Amerikastudien/American StudiesBlack Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, Black Theology, boundary 2Cahiers Charles VCallalooC.L.R. James ReviewJournal of the American Academy of ReligionPolitical Theology and South Atlantic Quarterly.