Christopher Carter

Associate Professor of Theology, Ecology and Race
Christopher Carter
Gault Hall 237

Curriculum vitae


Ph.D., Claremont School of Theology, 2015
M.Div., Claremont School of Theology, 2010
B.S. in Business Administration, Cornerstone University, 2007

Areas of expertise

Christopher Carter’s teaching and research focuses on Black and Womanist theological ethics, Ecotheology, and Food and Religion. He approaches religious studies as a liberation ethicist committed to exploring how the moral economy of U.S. religious thought and culture impact the everyday lives of marginalized populations, particularly African American and Latinx communities. He is active in the leadership of the American Academy of Religion, where he serves as a steering committee member of both the Religion and Ecology and the Animals and Religion groups. Dr. Carter is an ordained elder within United Methodist Church and currently serves as an associate pastor at Westwood United Methodist Church. 

Selected published works

The Spirit of Soul Food: Race, Faith, and Food Justice, University of Illinois Press, 2021.

The Future of Meat Without Animals, Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.

In the media

“The Intersection of Human and Animal Rights”
The Humane League
Aug. 16, 2021

“Reimagining Soul Food with Chris Carter”
Food with Mark Bittman podcast
Dec. 13, 2021


Graves Award in the Humanities, Pomona College.


“The Spirit of Soul Food: Race, Faith and Food Justice,” MTSO Theological Commons lecture, Feb. 16, 2023.