Alexis Wells-Oghoghomeh

Alexis Wells-Oghoghomeh is an assistant professor in the Religious Studies department at Stanford University. A historian of Africana religions in the United States, her teaching and research examine the religiosity of enslaved people in the South, religion in the African Atlantic, and women’s religious histories. Her book The Souls of Womenfolk: The Religious Cultures of Enslaved Women in the Lower South (UNC Press, 2021) is a gendered history of enslaved people’s religiosity from the colonial period to the onset of the Civil War. She is currently at work on a second project that traces the gendered, racialized history of “witchcraft” as a sociocultural category and loose collection of misidentified practices in the United States.

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