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Amaryah Shaye Armstrong

Amaryah Shaye Armstrong, Assistant Professor

Amaryah Shaye Armstrong, Assistant Professor
Amaryah Shaye Armstrong, Assistant Professor

Department of Religion and Culture

111 Major Williams
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-7013 |

Amaryah Armstrong is an assistant professor of race in American religion and culture at Virginia Tech. Her research cuts across the fields of Black Studies, American Studies, Political Theology, and Continental Philosophy of Religion to explore the relationship between religion and the reproduction of race in the aftermath of 1492. She is working on two projects. The first, Reproducing Peoplehood: On the Afterlife of Christian Order, brings together black feminist theories of reproduction, American religious history, political theology, and black women’s post-Reconstruction literature to examine how the reproductive is critical to understanding the racial afterlife of Christian peoplehood. In so doing, Amaryah shows how theologies of peoplehood operate as reproductive technologies in the formation and preservation of antiblack and black feminist political theologies. The second project, A Measure of Existence: On the Value of Black Theology, develops a critical rereading of James Cone’s announcement of black theology in light of theories of blackness and value, racial capitalism, and theological accounts of economy. She also has several articles in the works on the insights of various black intellectuals (W.E.B. Du Bois, Hortense Spillers) and the relationship between black culture and political theology.

  • Black Studies
  • Political Theology
  • Black Feminist Theory 
  • Religion and Culture
  • Continental Philosophy of Religion 
  • Ph.D., Theological Studies, Vanderbilt University, 2019
  • MTS, Theological Studies, Emory University, 2012
  • B.A., English Literature, Belmont University, 2010
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Political Theology Network
  • American Comparative Literature Association
  • Virginia Tech, Center for Humanities, Fellow
  • Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities Dissertation Fellowship
  • Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship
  • Forum for Theological Exploration Dissertation Fellowship

Journal Articles

“Black Culture and the Apocalyptic Political Theology of W.E.B. Du Bois.” (Forthcoming) 

“Of Flesh and Spirit: Race, Reproduction, and Sexual Difference in the Turn to Paul.” Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory 16, no.2 (Spring 2017): 126–141. 

“The Spirit and the Subprime: Race, Risk, and Our Common Dispossession” | Anglican Theological Review 98, no. 1 (Winter 2016): 51–69. 


Reproducing Peoplehood in America (RLCL 2204)

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