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Senior Research Fellow

Dr Reggie Williams

Ph.D. in Christian Ethics (Fuller Theological Seminary)

Dr Reggie Williams is a Senior Research Fellow at IBTS and Professor of Christian Ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary.

Research Interests

My academic interests include theological ethics, black Studies, liberation theologies, Dietrich Bonhoeffer studies, black church studies, and peace studies.


Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance (Baylor University Press, originally published October 2014. Revised edition September, 2021) Outstanding Academic Title - 2015 - Choice Current Reviews for Academic Libraries - Winner

Ethics Otherwise: The Religious Arts of Black Social Life (manuscript in progress).

Commentary on Joshua and Judges (Contract with Westminster John Knox. Manuscript in progress)

Co-Edited Volumes

Justice and the Way of Jesus: Christian Ethics and the Incarnational Discipleship of Glen Stassen. (Co-edited with David Gushee, July, 2020, Orbis Press)

Baptist Peacemaker, Global Christian Ethicist: Essays in Honor of Glen Harold Stassen, Co-Editor/Contributor, with David P. Gushee. Perspectives in Religious Studies 40, no. 2 (July, 2013).

Bonhoeffer Otherwise: Christian Social Ethics after Man (Co-Edtited with Josiah U. Young. manuscript in progress).


Selected Public Essays

“Tyre Nichol’s Killing is Not an Exception.” (The Christian Century. February 20, 2023)

“A Letter to my daughter after the fall of Roe” (The Christian Century. July 27, 2022)

“The Racial Script” (Cover Story, The Christian Century. September 15, 2020)

“Is This a Bonhoeffer Moment?” (Cover story, Sojourners Magazine, February 2018)

“Seeing Whiteness: Exercises in Seeing Race” (Cover story, The Christian Century. July 20, 2016)

“How the Construct of Race Deforms our Understanding of Christ” (Sojo.net June 16, 2016)

Book Chapters

Selected Journal Essays and Book Chapters

“The Christian Problem of Race” (Routeledge Handbook of Christianity and Culture. Edited by Jens Zimmerman, Yaakov Ariel, and Gregor Thuswaldner. Forthcoming)

“Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)” (Handbook of Modern Theology. Edited by Phil Ziegler. T&T Clark, Forthcoming)

“Race and Ethnicity” (The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. Fourth Edition. U.K. Oxford University Press. 2022)

“The Racial Script” Word & World: Theology for Christian Ministry. Racial Justice Now (Vol. 41 No 3 Summer, 2021 p. 88-95)

“In The Wake: Reading Bonhoeffer at the Door of No Return.” Lutherische Theologie und Kirche: Vierteljahreszeitschrift für eine an Schrift und Bekenntnis. 44 Jahrgang, 2020 p. 207-223

“Katie Geneva Cannon Was a Way Maker.” Interpretation. 2020;74(1):60-67. doi:10.1177/0020964319876583

“Bonhoeffer and Race” (The Oxford Handbook of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Edited by Phil Ziegler and Michael Mawson. December 31, 2019)

Memberships & Networks

Society for the Study of Black Religion—Board member

International Dietrich Bonhoeffer Society, English Language Section—Board Member

American Academy of Religion—Academic Relations Committee

Other Activities

Selected Academic Presentations, Papers, and Invited Lectures

May 15, 2023 Oxford, UK: Understanding Bonhoeffer, today. “Bonhoeffer and Religion.”

Regent’s College, Oxford University.


January 13-15, 2023 St. Simon’s Island, GA: Reimagine Your Faith in the World in Word, World, and Cosmos. “What Killed Dietrich Bonhoeffer.”

Southern Lights Conference.


January 19-23, 2020, Stellenbosch, South Africa: International Bonhoeffer Congress, Plenary, "Reading Bonhoeffer at the Door of No Return."

Stellenbosch University.


November 8-9, 2019 New Haven, Connecticut: Yale Center for Faith and Culture Consultation, “Jesus as a Moral Stranger.”

Yale University.


October 14–15, 2019 Boiling Springs, NC.: Mary Washburn Wilson Lectures. “What Must We Do to Be Saved; Black Aesthetics and Christian Worship”

Gardner Webb University

September 25, 2019, Philadelphia PA: Series: Race Religion and The American Experience. “Longing for Mayberry as Weapons of Exclusion.”

St. Joseph’s University


June 6-7, 2019 Lisle Illinois: The Brady Theology and Mission Lectures. “The Black Church,” and “Dietrich Bonhoeffer learning from The Black Church”

Northern Seminary.


May 31, 2019 Chicago, Illinois: 20th Annual Bonhoeffer Lectures in Public Ethics “Reading Bonhoeffer in Context: Bonhoeffer’s Engagement with White Supremacy” McCormick Theological Seminary


May 16, 2019 Chicago, Illinois: Pluralism in Faith and Politics: Panel Discussion.

University of Chicago