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Dara Coleby Delgado

Bishop James Mills Thorburn Chair of Religious Studies, Assistant Professor of History and Religious Studies, Allegheny College

Dara Coleby Delgado (University of Dayton) is the Bishop James Mills Thoburn Chair of
Religious Studies and Assistant Professor of History and Religious Studies, as well as
affiliate faculty in Black Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Allegheny
College in Meadville, PA. Coleby Delgado’s research interests include Race, Gender, and
Popular Culture in American Religious Life. Her research has been funded by the AAUW
Dissertation Fellowship, and she has written about Pentecostals/Pentecostalism in
scholarly journals, edited volumes, and popular news outlets.
Currently, Coleby Delgado is continuing her work on Bishop Ida Bell Robinson, founder of
the Mount Sinai Holy Church of America, in a forthcoming book with Penn State University
Press. The text uses a social-historical frame that employs various theories around race,
gender, and class to provide a critical examination of Bishop Robinson's life and work.

Featured Publications

“The Practicality of Holiness: A Historical Examination of Class, Race, and Gender within
Black Holiness Pentecostalism, Bishop Ida Bell Robinson, and the Mount Sinai Holy
Church of America” Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 41
(2019): 50-65.

“All in the Name: A Social-Historical Examination of the Civic Engagement of Bishop
Arthur M. Brazier, an Apostolic Pentecostal Bishop on Chicago’s Southside” in
Studies in the Holiness and Pentecostal Movements. David Bundy, Geordan
Hammon, and David Han, eds. Penn State University Press, (Forthcoming 2023).

“Bossed and Bothered: A Historical Examination of Authority and Gender in the
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World” in Oneness Pentecostals in North America.
Lloyd Barba, Andrea Johnson, and Daniel Ramirez, eds. Penn State University Press,

Review of Azusa Reimagined: A Radical Vision of Religious and Demographic Belonging
by Keri Day (Stanford University Press, 2022) in American Religion Volume 4, No. 2
(Spring 2023).

Review of Black Fundamentalist: Conservative Christianity and Racial Identity in the
Segregation Era by Daniel R. Bare (New York University Press, 2021) in The
Journal of Southern History, Volume 88, No. 3 (August 2022), 586-588.

Review of Race, Religion, and Politics: Toward Human Rights in the United States, by
Stephanie Y. Mitchem, (Lanham, M) Rowman and Littlefield, 2019) in Pneuma: The
Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 43/2 (2021), 298-300.