Seth Emmanuel Gaiters

Seth Emmanuel Gaiters

PhD Candidate and Presidential Fellow

476 or 480 Hagerty Hall
1775 S. College Road
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Religious Studies
  • African American Religious History and Thought
  • Religion and Politics
  • Political Theology
  • Black Studies
  • American Cultural Studies
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Civil Rights and Black Power Movements
  • Social Movements


  • B.A., in Psychology, The Ohio State University
  • M.Div., Trinity Lutheran Seminary
  • Th.M., Fuller Theological Seminary

Seth Gaiters is a PhD Candidate and interdisciplinary scholar investigating the intersection of religion, race and politics in the Americas (and more generally the modern world), with particular interest in the exploration of religion in the history of Black communities in the United States. He is especially concerned with the conjuncture of religion and progressive social movements in the African American experience. Seth's dissertation examines the religiosity of the Movement for Black Lives, popularly called the Black Lives Matter movement. His study of these matters is driven by religious studies, Black studies, American cultural studies, critical theory, and political theology; alongside methods of narrative and discourse analysis.

Seth's research has been affirmed and supported with fellowships from the Ohio State University's distinguished dissertation completion Presidential Fellowship, the Forum for Theological Exploration, the Louisville Institute for the Study of American Religion, the Global Arts + Humanities Graduate Team Discovery Fellowship, the Social Science Research Council’s Religion and the Public Sphere Institute, the Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, as well as various other smaller grants and awards. He has taught courses in American cultural studies, Black studies, religious studies, Black religion, and theological studies.

Collaborating Programs: African-American and African Studies