Dr. Dara Coleby Delgado (she/her) is the Bishop James Mills Thoburn Chair of Religious Studies, an Assistant Professor of History and Religious Studies, and an affiliate faculty in Black Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA.


She received her Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Dayton. Coleby Delgado’s research interests include Race, Gender, Public Policy, and Popular Culture in American Religious Life. Her research has been funded by the AAUW Dissertation Fellowship, and she has written about American religion broadly and Pentecostals/Pentecostalism narrowly in scholarly journals, edited volumes, and popular news outlets. 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 critically examine Bishop Robinson’s life and work around gender justice.


Research Area: Religious, Racial, and Ethnic Pluralism 

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