Appointed: April, 2013
Marla Frederick is a professor of religion and African and African American studies at Harvard University. She is the author of Between Sundays: Black Women and Everyday Struggles of Faith and co-author of Local Democracy Under Siege: Activism, Public Interests and Private Politics, which won the 2008 Best Book Award from the Society for the Anthropology of North America. She is currently completing an ethnography on the influence of American televangelism in the Caribbean. Dr. Frederick’s research and teaching focus on religion, race, media and social change.
A native of South Carolina, she received her B.A. from Spelman College and her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Duke University.
Dr. Frederick also works in ministry at Bethel A.M.E. Church of Boston, where she teaches Sunday school and co-leads a Bible study, and has served as the Director of Christian Education. She is a member of the advisory board for the Impact Movement, a ministry dedicated to developing African American Christian leaders on college campuses across the country.
She is the proud auntie of five and the great-auntie of four.