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nyle fort

Assistant Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies, Columbia University

Fellow, Society of Fellows, SOF/Heyman, Columbia University (2021–Present)

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nyle fort is a minister, activist, and scholar of race, religion, and contemporary social movements. He is currently working on two book projects: "Freedom is a Feeling!: The Spiritual Life of Social Movements" and "Amazing Grief: Black Life in the Shadow of Death." Which, taken together, illuminates how quests for spiritual transformation and traditions of black mourning animate freedom struggle in the 21st century. nyle’s writing is published in The Guardian, The Boston Globe, The New York Magazine, Socialism and Democracy, Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, and There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis. His scholarship has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania, the Forum for Theological Exploration, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity, and Columbia University’s Society of Fellows in the Humanities. nyle earned his BA from Morehouse College, Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and joint PhD in Religion and Interdisciplinary Humanities, with a concentration in African American Studies, from Princeton University.