Black Visions of the Holy Land:
African American Christian Solidarities in Israel and Palestine

My dissertation project is a study of religion and race in the context of contested globalization. I examine contemporary movements within African American Christianity that engage with the issue of Israel and Palestine. This research is qualitative and involves participant observation fieldwork and interviews with pastors, lay leaders, church members, activists, and others with a stake in the question of how U.S. black churches relate to Israel and Palestine. I focus on how the Christians I study use African American history, identity, and culture in different ways to orient black churches towards the Middle East as an area of concern. And I consider how particular group identities are constructed, maintained, and deployed in overlapping political, national, racial, and religious terms.