Assistant Professor of American Religious History and Culture
Joined Eden faculty, 2010
Lerone A. Martin is the Assistant Professor of the History of American Religion and Culture at Eden Theological Seminary in Saint Louis, Mo. His research interests include: History of 19th and 20th Century American Religion and culture and African American cultural practices. Lerone received his PhD in American Religious Cultures at Emory University, his Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and BA from Anderson University in Anderson, Ind.
His current book project, under contract with New York University Press, examines the role of the phonograph in the marketing and selling of American religion. The project offers an important, yet often overlooked historical account that is essential to understanding contemporary commercial celebrity preachers and religious media.
In support of his research, Lerone has received fellowships from the Louisville Institute for the Study of American Religion, Emory University’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Fund for Theological Education, and Princeton University’s Center for African American Studies.
In addition to his academic pursuits, Lerone has maintained a commitment to public service through his work with community-based and non-profit organizations. He served as a research consultant for continuing education and recidivism at New York’s Sing Sing State Prison as well as an instructor at Georgia’s Metro State Prison. Currently, Lerone is a Research Fellow for the New Media Project, a Lily Endowment initative that highlights the intersections of social media and religious communities. Lerone’s commentary and writing have appeared in such popular media outlets as CNN, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Religious Dispatches, and Charisma.