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Professor Promotes Student Research on Religion

October 2016

Rosetta RossAs a professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Rosetta Ross, Ph.D., introduces her students to the diverse religions practiced worldwide, while also enlightening them about Black women activists who have challenged sexism in churches and beyond.


“I enjoy watching students develop confidence as critical thinkers and researchers as they go through the process of conducting research on specific religious studies projects they design,” said Dr. Ross, who is in her 14th year at Spelman.

As a scholar, her research focuses on religion in the narratives of Black women’s activism. Dr. Ross is the author of “Witnessing and Testifying: Black Women, Religion, and Civil Rights.” She also is co-editor of “Unraveling and Reweaving Sacred Canon in Africana Womanhood,” a collection of essays that explore Africana women scholars challenging sexist and misogynistic religious texts, doctrines, and practices, and has published more than three-dozen essays. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and is particularly proud of her rose and vegetable gardens.