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Jennifer Harvey

Office Location: 216 Medbury Hall

Dr. Jennifer Harvey is an award-winning author, educator and public speaker. She is Professor of Religion at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She received her Ph.D. in Christian Social Ethics from Union Theological Seminary. The courses Prof. Harvey teaches run the gamut in relation to her research interests.  Broadly speaking, they focus on encounters of religion and ethics with race, gender, activism, politics, spirituality, justice, and any other aspect of social life in which religiosity decides to "show up."

Dr. Harvey’s work focuses primarily on racial justice and white anti-racism. Her most recent book Raising White Kids: Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America brings her longtime experience in multi-racial activism to her journey as a parent and was a 2018 Foreword INDIE GOLD Winner. Dr. Harvey is widely published and has written for the New York Times and CNN. She is frequently heard on the radio (including as a guest on her favorite show, NPR’s “It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders”–listen here!).

Widely sought after as a public speaker and known for her commitment to growing our collective capacity for justice, Dr. Harvey is also the author of Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation. She serves as Faculty Director for the Crew Scholars Program and advisor to other University initiatives and programs supporting Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Dr. Harvey is also ordained in the American Baptist Churches (USA).

Prof. Harvey is also the author of Whiteness and Morality: Pursuing Racial Justice through Reparations and Sovereignty (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and a co-editor of Disrupting White Supremacy: White People on What We Need To Do (Pilgrim Press, 2004). Her recent publications include work on contemporary reparations movements in Protestant traditions, queer articulations of Christian traditions, and Native-Colonial dialogues on issues of environmental justice.

In addition to her academic publications, Prof. Harvey is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

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