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About William D. Hart

As a critical theorist of religion, William Hart explore basic questions such as “What is religion?” and “Why are people religious?” Hart researches the intersection of religion, ethics, and politics. His current projects include a comparative analysis of human sacrifice in religion and statecraft and associations among religion, slavery, race, criminality, and animality. Hart teaches courses on these topics and on similar themes in work of writers such as James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, August Wilson, and Octavia Butler.
EDUCATION: Ph.D. Princeton University
Hart has been teaching at Macalester since 2015.


Present Margaret W. Harmon Professor, Religious Studies, Macalester College


Research Interests


  • Martin and Malcolm: Racial Terror and the Black Freedom Struggle
  • Human Sacrifice: Killing for God and State

Contact Information

Old Main, 104
Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105