About the Dean
Corey D. B. Walker, Ph.D.
Dean of the College
John W. and Anna Hodgin Hanes
Professor of the Humanities
130 Carolina Hall
Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem, NC 2110
Dean of The College
Corey D. B. Walker is Dean of the College and John W. and Anna Hodgin Hanes Professor of the Humanities at Winston-Salem State University.
Prior to his appointment at Winston-Salem State University, Dean Walker served as chair of the department of Africana Studies at Brown University where he was also a tenured faculty member. Dean Walker also served as the inaugural director of the Center for the Study of Local Knowledge and member of the faculty in the department of Religious Studies and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and African American Studies at the University of Virginia.
A scholar of African American social, political, and religious thought, Dean Walker has
published broadly on African American thought and culture, African American religion, and religion and American public life. He has lectured before academic audiences in the United States, the Caribbean and South America, Europe, and Africa.
Dean Walker is the author of A Noble Fight: African American Freemasonry and the Struggle for Democracy in America (University of Illinois Press) and has completed the manuscript for his next book entitled Between Transcendence and History: An Essay on Religion and the Future of Democracy in America. He is editor of the special issue of the journal Political Theology on "Theology and Democratic Futures," Associate Editor of the award winning SAGE Encyclopedia of Identity, and his articles and essays have appeared in such academic journals as Amerikastudien/American Studies, boundary 2, Cahiers Charles V, C.L.R. James Review, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and South Atlantic Quarterly. Dean Walker co-directed and co-produced the documentary film Fifeville with acclaimed artist and filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson.
Dean Walker has long been involved in civic affairs including serving as Vice Rector of the Board of Visitors of Norfolk State University and as a member of the Workforce 2000 Advocacy Council for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Board of Directors of the RiverRun International Film Festival, Board of Trustees of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, and National Advisory Board of the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project. Dean Walker also serves as champion of the Winston-Salem Community Innovation Lab and as a member of the Advisory Boards of the Flywheel Foundation, Project Impact, and UNC-TV’s Black Issues Forum. He has appeared on a variety of radio and television shows and has served as guest commentator for a number of media outlets in the United States and abroad.
Dean Walker graduated from Norfolk State University. After a career in financial services, he went on to earn master’s degrees from Virginia Union University and Harvard University, and his doctorate in American Studies from The College of William and Mary. He also holds a master’s degree, ad eundem, from Brown University.