Danielle N. Boaz is an Associate Professor in the Africana Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she offers courses on human rights, social justice, and the law. She has a Ph.D. in history with a specialization in Africa, the African Diaspora, and the Caribbean; a J.D. with a concentration in International Law; and a LL.M. in Intercultural Human Rights. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Africana Religions. Dr. Boaz is also a licensed attorney in the State of Florida and the State of North Carolina.
Dr. Boaz’s research focuses on the legal proscription of African cultural and religious practices in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the modern-day impact of those laws on public perceptions of these practices. Her book, Banning Black Gods: Law and Religions of the African Diaspora, explores the increasing limitations on the freedom to practice African-derived faiths in the 21st century, which have been fueled by a global rise in religious racism. Her website, www.religiousracism.org/brazil, tracks cases of intolerance against Afro-Brazilian religions.
Danielle N. Boaz sat down with Benjamin Marcus to discuss her new book, Banning Black Gods: Law and Religions of the African Diaspora. She examines the legal challenges faced by adherents of the most widely practiced African-derived religions in the 21st century.