Dean Yolanda Pierce
Howard University Divinity School
Dr. Yolanda Pierce is Professor and Dean of the Howard University School of Divinity, the first woman to serve in that role. She is a scholar of African American religious history, womanist theology, race and religion, and an alumna of Princeton University and Cornell University. Pierce served as the founding director of the Center for the Study of African American Religious Life at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. A widely published author, Pierce’s newest book is In My Grandmother’s House: Black Women, Faith, and the Stories We Inherit. She is a native New Yorker, mentor, public theologian, community activist, cable news commentator, and ordained minister. Follow her on Twitter, her digital home: @YNPierce.