A distinguished scholar and public intellectual, Corey D. B. Walker is the Wake Forest Professor of the Humanities and is jointly appointed in the department of English and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program. He returns to Winston-Salem where he previously served as Dean of the College and John W. and Anna Hodgin Hanes Professor of the Humanities at Winston-Salem State University. His research and teaching interests span the areas of Africana philosophy, critical theory, ethics, religion and American public life, and social and political philosophy. He has held faculty appointments and academic leadership positions at Brown University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Union University. He has held visiting faculty appointments at Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena, Union Presbyterian Seminary, and University of Richmond.
He is the author of A Noble Fight: African American Freemasonry and the Struggle for Democracy in America (University of Illinois Press), editor of Community Wealth Building and the Reconstruction of American Democracy: Can We Make American Democracy Work? (Edward Elgar Publishing), editor of To Stand With and For Humanity: Essays from the Wake Forest University Slavery, Race and Memory Project (Wake Forest University), 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 has published over sixty articles, essays, book chapters and reviews appearing in a wide range of scholarly journals and publications. He also co-directed and co-produced the documentary film fifeville with acclaimed artist and filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson. His scholarship and public speaking attract a broad audience and he provides informed commentary to a number of media outlets.