Duane Loynes, Sr.

Duane T. Loynes Sr.

Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Africana Studies

Dr. Duane T. Loynes Sr. holds an interdisciplinary PhD in Religious Studies from Marquette University. His research and teaching are situated at the sweet spot where race, philosophy, religion, culture, and justice intersect.

Dr. Loynes is currently researching the fractured relationship between Black communities and law enforcement, applying the theoretical frameworks of Afro-pessimism, critical race theory, and unconscious bias to understand the complex dynamics of anti-Black state violence in the United States. He also trains healthcare professionals and students on developing practices to minimize the role that implicit bias plays in framing the patient-provider relationship.

In addition to his appointment in the Urban Studies and Africana Studies programs, Dr. Loynes also teaches ethics and religion courses for the Life Program at Rhodes, and is a founding faculty member of the college’s post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Equity.

“If you are at ease with the world as it is, if you feel morally at ease within it, you will never understand what we are about, for we are not satisfied with the way the world is, and we do not feel morally at ease with it. We see too much misery, too much exploitation, too many children with bloated stomachs, too many wretched slums, too many parents unable to care for their children, too many poor whose lives and deaths are determined by too few rich.”

(Juan Luis Segundo)

“ . . . by deforming God we protect our own egotism. Our falsified and inauthentic ways of dealing with our fellow men are allied to our falsification of the idea of God. Our unjust society and our perverted idea of God are in close and terrible alliance.”

(Juan Luis Segundo)

Selected Publications:

Book Review: An Unseen Light: Black Struggles for Freedom in Memphis, TN, edited by Aram Goudsouzian and Charles W. McKinney Jr. (Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Spring 2019)

"Jim Crow," in Critical Understandings in Whiteness Studies, edited by Zachary A. Casey (Brill, 2020)

“Black Humanism and Black Theology,” in T&T Clark Handbook African American Theology, edited by Frederick L. Ware, Antonia M. Daymond, and Eric Lewis Williams (T&T Clark, 2019)

“Pentecostal Hermeneutics and Race in the Early Twentieth Century: Towards a Pentecostal Hermeneutics of Culture,” in Constructive Pneumatological Hermeneutics in Pentecostal Christianity, edited by Kenneth J. Archer and L. William Oliverio Jr. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)


PhD, Marquette University
M.A., Northern Illinois University
M.A., Wheaton College
B.A., Trinity International University