Danielle N. Boaz (she/her) is associate professor of Africana studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she teaches courses on human rights, social justice, and the law.
Boaz’s research focuses on the legal restrictions on African cultural and religious practices in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the modern-day impact of those laws on public perceptions of these practices. Her book, Banning Black Gods: Law and Religions of the African Diaspora (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2021), explores the increasing limitations on the freedom to practice African-derived faiths in the 21st century, which have been fueled by a global rise in religious racism. Her website, www.religiousracism.org/brazil, tracks cases of intolerance against Afro-Brazilian religions.
Boaz has a Ph.D. in history with a specialization in Africa, the African diaspora, and the Caribbean; a J.D. with a concentration in international law; and a LL.M. in intercultural human rights. She is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Africana Religions. Dr. Boaz is also a licensed attorney in the states of Florida and North Carolina.