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Margarita Simon Guillory

Margarita Simon Guillory joined the department of Religion and Classics in fall 2011 after graduating with a doctorate in Religious Studies from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She teaches courses in religion and popular culture, American religious history, and African Diasporic religions. Her research interests include American Spiritualism, identity construction in African American religion, and social scientific approaches to religion. She has published articles in Culture and Religion and Pastoral Psychology. Her latest work is a co-edited volume entitled, Esotericism in African American Religious Experience (Brill 2014).

Selected Publications


Esotericism in African American Religious Experience: There Is A Mystery, co-edited with Stephen Finley and Hugh Page, Jr. Leiden: Brill, 2014.

Breaking Bread, Breaking Beats, CERCL Project Writing Collaborative, contributing co-author and member. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014.


“Searching for Self: Religion and the Creative Quest for Self in the Art of Erykah Badu,” Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain, edited by Monica R. Miller, Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, and Anthony B. Pinn (New York: Bloomsbury Press), forthcoming.

“The Creative Individual: Identity Construction and Individuality in African American Spirituality,” Spiritual Discourse in the Academy: A Globalised Indigenous Perspective, edited by Njoki Wane (New York: Peter Lang), 191-206.

“Portraying Portraits: The Intersectionality of Self, Art, and the Lacanian Gaze in the Nahziryah Monastic Community,” co-authored with Aundrea Matthews, Esotericism in African American Religious Experience: There is a Mystery, co-edited by Stephen Finley, Margarita Simon Guillory, and Hugh Page, Jr., (Leiden: Brill), 262-276.

“Spiritually Repressed: Exploring the Historical Repression of African American Women in Rochesterian Spiritualism,” The Spiritualist Movement: Speaking with the Dead in America and Around the World, edited by Christopher M. Moreman (Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2013), 218-239.

“Conscious Concealment: The Repression and Expression of African American Spiritualists,” Histories of the Hidden God, edited by April DeConick and Grant Anderson (Durham: Acumen Publishing, 2013): 281-297.

“Therapeutic Enterprise: A Psychological Exploration of Healing Elements in a Local African-American Spiritualist Church,” Pastoral Psychology, Volume 59, Number 1, (February 2010): 65-77.

“That Girl is Poison:  White Supremacy, Anxiety, and the Conflation of Women and Food in the Nation of Islam,” [co-authored with Stephen Finley] Women and New and

Africana Religions, edited by Lillian Ashcraft-Eason, Darnise Martin, and Oyeronke Olademo (Westport:  Greenwood Publishing Group, 2010), 3-27.

“Intersecting Points: The ‘Erotic as Religious’ in the Lyrics of Missy Elliot,” Culture and Religion, Volume 10, Number 1 (March 2009): 81-96. Re-print, Religion and Hip Hop Reader, edited by Monica Miller and Anthony Pinn (New York: Routledge, 2014).