2012 The Root 100

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is a professor of religion and African-American studies at Princeton University.

  • Influence: 155.5
  • Reach: 6.9
  • Substance: 7.7
  • Media Mentions: 1
  • Internet Mentions: 801
  • Twitter Followers: 4731
  • Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

  • William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African-American Studies at Princeton University.
  • Job: Professor and author
  • Sector: Community
  • Twitter: @esglaude
  • Location: New Jersey
  • Age: 43
  • Bio: Eddie S. Glaude Jr., who created a stir with his 2010 essay "The Black Church Is Dead," has remained among the country's top black political and spiritual thinkers this year. Glaude typically brings a clear-eyed perspective on a range of topics -- from assessing President Barack Obama's first term in office to weighing in on black atheism. On the latter, he told The Root: "There's a wonderful line in W.E.B. Du Bois' Souls of Black Folk that says the church predates the black family. It's out of black churches that black civil society emerges." A Morehouse man and native of Moss Point, Miss., Glaude is a passionate teacher of courses such as "Black Power and Its Theology of Liberation" and "Religion and the Tradition of Social Theory." He was named director of Princeton's Center for African-American Studies in 2009, just two years after it was established. Under his direction, the center has continued to take a leading role on issues concerning African Americans, just as Glaude does with the think tank he cofounded, the Jamestown Project. In 2007 he released In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America. Watch his videos.