Stephanie Y. Mitchem is Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies at University of South Carolina. Mitchem came to USC in 2005, after 12 years at University of Detroit Mercy, where she was tenured and promoted to associate professor, serving at times as Department of Religious Studies chair, African American Studies director, and Women’s Studies director. She received her Ph. D. from Northwestern University in 1998. She is the author of five books and one co-edited volume: African American Folk Healing (New York: New York University Press, 2007); Name It and Claim It? Prosperity Preaching and the Black Church (Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2007); African American Women Tapping Power and Spiritual Wellness (Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2004; Wipf and Stock reprint 2010); Introducing Womanist Theology, (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2002; 7th printing, 2008); and Faith, Health, and Healing Among African Americans, co-edited with Emilie M. Townes (Praeger, 2008). In addition, she has authored over 24 essays and serves on editorial boards of two scholarly journals.
Mitchem is currently co-chair of the Religions, Medicines and Healing section and a committee member of the Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society within the professional organization American Academy of Religion, of which she is a member.
Often sought as a speaker, her recent presentations include: “Religion and Healing Practices” invited panelist at Martin Luther King Summit on health disparities in August 2011;“Religious Intimacies” invited panelist at the Gender, Religion, and Human Rights Conference, European Science Foundation, in June 2011; and “African American Religion and Social Class” panelist at American Academy of Religion conference in November 2010.