Graduate Student Bios

Joseph is a doctoral candidate with research interests in black intellectual history, black women's history, the history of black eulogizing, and the history of American religious reform. His dissertation, "Black Club Women, the Production of Religious Thought, and the Making of an Intellectual Movement, 1854-1933," examines black women's ideas about the immaterial, truth, human nature, and the afterlife as well as the pluralistic approach they employed to launch an intellectual movement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This project has been recognized by several institutions, including the American Council of Learned Societies, the Institute for Citizens & Scholars, the Louisville Institute, and the Ford Foundation. Joseph also runs The Eulogy Project, a digital humanities initiative dedicated to the preservation of tributes produced in honor of African Americans whose passing occurred as a result of various forms of violence and health issues.