Alphonso Saville Named Assistant Professor of American Religious History and Mission

Richmond, VA (May 2, 2024)—Union Presbyterian Seminary is excited to announce Dr. Alphonso Saville as the newest member of the faculty.

Saville is a graduate of Emory University (Ph.D.), Memphis Theological Seminary (M.A.) and New York University (B.A.). He is the author of a forthcoming book, The Gospel of John Marrant: Conjuring Christianity in the Black Atlantic (Duke University Press, August 2024).

Saville is currently an Associate Research Scholar with The Crossroads Project at the Center for Culture, Society, and Religion at Princeton University. Previously, he was an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow for American Religion and Slavery in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Georgetown University. He was also the 2014-15 Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowship in African and African American Studies at Dartmouth College.

A scholar of American religion whose interests include legacies of slavery in American religion, African American Christianity, and religions and literature of the African diaspora, Saville is known for his work in local communities, especially in youth development.

He will begin his work with UPSem on July 1 on the Charlotte campus.

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Contact: Barb Dodd
Director of Communications
Union Presbyterian Seminary
(804) 278-4279