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Monica A. Coleman            

Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Delaware

Monica A. Coleman, MDiv, PhD, teaches Africana Studies at the University of Delaware. She is a theologian who works at the intersection of philosophy, faith and African American culture. Her writings cover the topics of sexual and domestic violence, mental health and religious pluralism.

Dr. Coleman is an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a sought-after speaker and preacher. In 2005, The African American Pulpit named Coleman one of the “Top 20 to Watch—The New Generation of Leading Clergy: Preachers under 40.” Dr. Coleman has been featured as an expert in religion and mental health on NPR,,, and Huffington Post Live. She blogs on faith and depression at

In 2020, Dr. Coleman was nominated and elected to the Program Committee of the American Academy of Religion (the world’s largest guild for the academic study of religion). She was also inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars.

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