Dr. Jonathan Chism
Dr. Jonathan L. ChismAssociate Professor of HistoryHistory, Humanities, and Languages
Dr. Jonathan L. Chism is an Associate Professor of History and a fellow for the Center for Critical Race Studies at the University of Houston-Downtown. Exploring intersections between religion, race, disability, and politics, Chism studies diverse ways African American religious groups and figures have resisted racism and otherforms of oppression. His first monograph, Saints in the Struggle: Church of God in Christ Activists in the Memphis Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968, published with Lexington Books (2019), focused on African American Pentecostals involvements in the Civil Rights Movement in Memphis, TN. Dr. Chism served as the managing editor and contributor of Critical Race Studies Across Disciplines: Resisting Racism through Scholactivism, published with Lexington Books (2021).
B.A. Rice University
M.Div. Southern Methodist University
M.A. Rice University
Ph.D. Rice University
- United States History to 1877
- United States History after 1877
- The History of the New South From 1865
- The History of the Civil Rights Movement
- History of Religion in the United States
- African American History
- History of Race and Sports
Summary of Qualifications:
Dr. Chism has a PH.D. in Religious Studies (specifically African American religious history). His dissertation involved the description and analysis of African American Pentecostals' contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in Memphis, Tennessee.
Graduate course work includes 9 hours in HIST and REL courses related to history: Reformation to the present, history of black religion, MLK and Malcolm X, etc.
HIST 583: Southern History
HIST 539: Origins of Afro America
HIST 568: Post-1945 U.S. History
RELI 520: Reformation to the Present
RELI 545: The Study of Black Religion
RELI 546: MLK and Malcolm X
2014-present Lecturer and Tenure Track Professor, UHD
2012-2013-Adjunct, Lone Star College
2011, Graduate Teacher's Assistant, Rice University
Academic Scholarship/Research/Creative Endeavors:
Critical Race Studies Across Disciplines: Resisting Racism through Scholactivism. Editor and Contributor with S.C. DeFreitas, V. Robertson, and D. Ryden. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2021).
Saints in the Struggle: The Church of God in Christ and the Memphis Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019).
30 Day Journey with Martin Luther King Jr. (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2019).
Breaking Bread, Breaking Beats, co-authored with Anthony Pinn, Christopher Driscoll, Paul Easterling, Biko Gray, Darrius Hills, Jason Jeffries, Terri Laws, Aundrea Matthews, and Margarita Simon Guillory. (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014).
'Stony Optic Defies': Interpreting William Seymour's Monocular Vision with a Critical Dis/Ability Lens" Pneuma 45 (2023): 262-281. doi:10.1163/15700747-bja10097
"Go on or Die"?: Historical and Ethical Analysis of Harriet Tubman's Authoritarian Rule to Shoot Feeble Fugitive Slaves. The Journal of Disability and Religion. Published Online, 2022. doi.org/10.1080/23312521.2022.2097151.
"Others Unidentified": Elder Gilbert Earl Patterson's Hidden Contributions to the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike. The Tennessee Historical Quarterly. Nashville, TN Vol. LXXVIII, No. 2 (Summer 2019):148-185.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board College Readiness and Completion Models Grant, Theresa Case (PI) and Jonathan Chism (Co-PI), awarded 2022.
Transatlantic Mobility Program Grant, Cultural Services French Embassy (DoVeanna Fulton, Principal Investigator; Vida Robertson, Jonathan Chism, and Crystal Guillory—Co-investigators), awarded 2018.
Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement Mini Grant (University of Houston-Downtown), 2015-2018, 2022
Honors And Awards
Campus Compact Engaged Scholars Initiative Cohort (Swarthmore College), 2022-2023
Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence Teaching Circle Award, "Integrating Service Learning into US History After 1877" (University of Houston-Downtown), 2022
Organized Research and Creative Activities Award (University of Houston-Downtown), 2021
National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Faculty Success Program Sponsored Membership (University of Houston-Downtown), 2020
Alliance for Learning in World History "Teaching the Global African Diaspora" Workshop Cohort (University of Pittsburgh), 2020
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Citizen of the Year Award, 2014