• Assistant Professor, Gender Studies


Dr. Jaimie D. Crumley (she, her) is an Assistant Professor in the Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies Divisions with the School for Cultural & Social Transformation at the University of Utah. She is a Black feminist public historian who interrogates the history of race, gender, and religion in eighteenth and nineteenth-century New England. Dr. Crumley is engaged in two research projects. The first is a study of the people of African and Indigenous descent who participated in the religious, social, and cultural life at Christ Church in Boston (more commonly known as the Old North Church) from 1723 to 1860. She argues that African and Indigenous peoples’ engagement with the rituals of Episcopal Old North produced trans-Atlantic ideologies of race, gender, and sexuality that inform contemporary ideologies of the same. Dr. Crumley has documented her research in the video series Illuminating the Unseen, produced by Old North Illuminated. Dr. Crumley’s second research project is her first scholarly monograph, “We Will Live: Black Christian Feminists in the Age of Revolutions.” “We Will Live” is about New England’s Black women abolitionists, theologians, sisters, and friends from roughly 1770 to 1870. It argues that Black New England women remade Christian theology to articulate their desire to abolish slavery, sexism, and racism. Dr. Crumley's research has received support from the University of Utah School for Cultural & Social Transformation’s Mellon-funded Transformative Intersectional Collective and the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium.


  • PhD, Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Project: “Tried as by Fire: Free African American Women’s Abolitionist Theologies, 1789-1880”
  • STM, American Religious History , Yale Divinity School. Project: “Free Agent: The Theo-Political Mind of Maria W. Stewart, 1803-1879”
  • M.Div., Divinity, Yale Divinity School
  • Bachelor of Arts, History, Religion, Wellesley College

Research Summary

Jaimie D. Crumley (she, her) is a Black feminist intellectual historian of race, gender, and religion. She is a public historian whose work has illuminated the stories of African and Indigenous peoples who were active in religious life in eighteenth and nineteenth-century New England.