Carleigh Beriont is a PhD candidate at Harvard University where she studies the history of American religions and politics in a global context. Her research focuses on United States Empire and religion in the Pacific. She is currently working on a dissertation entitled “‘For the Good of Mankind’: Marshallese, Missionaries, Militaries and the Making of American Empire in the Pacific: 1857-1966,” which examines the relationships between Marshallese, American missionaries, and the Japanese and U.S. militaries during World War II and the early Cold War, when the U.S. occupied and administered the Marshall Islands and conducted sixty-seven nuclear tests on and around the Islands and their inhabitants. Prior to attending Harvard, Carleigh lived and worked in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Amid mass protests against police brutality and systemic racism ongoing in the United States, RSP contributor Ben Marcus speaks with Andre Willis and Carleigh Beriont about race and religion in this month's Discourse episode.