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Meet the newest faculty member to the Religious Studies Department, Dr. Lenny Lowe!

Dr. Lowe received his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Kentucky Christian University, his M.T.S. in Ancient Mediterranean World from Duke University, and his Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Religion in the Americas from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Lowe is a native of Kentucky, and spent seven years living in Haiti. He teaches courses in global Christianity, Black Atlantic religion, and theory and method in the study of religion.


Lenny J. Lowe is a religious studies scholar whose research and teaching center on global Christianities, creole Christianities, contemporary religion in the Black Atlantic, and ethnographic method in the study of religion. In the spring 2018 he will be teaching two sections of an introductory course in World Religions (RELS 105). Next fall, he will teach an introductory course called Approaches to the Study of Religion (RELS 101) and a special topics course on Black Atlantic Religion (RELS 298). He is presently working on a book manuscript based on years of fieldwork in rural Northwest Haiti titled After God is Music: Poverty and Power in Haitian Pentecostalism.

Lenny and his family come to the College of Charleston from UNC Chapel Hill, where he completed his PhD in Religion in the Americas in 2017. Prior to that, Lenny and his wife, Allison, lived in Port-de-Paix, Haiti from 2004 until 2011. Lenny and his family love the Caribbean, camping and fishing, basketball, and everything made by Nintendo from 1985 until the present, and they are so happy to now call Charleston home.

We are proud and pleased to welcome him into the CofC family!