Sharde’ Chapman is a doctoral candidate in African American Religion at Rice University in Houston, Tx. Her research focuses on black nerd conventions as religious space. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Rhodes College, a Master of Divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary, and a Master’s of Arts in Religion degree from Rice University.


            Deeply committed to telling black stories and sharing black experiences, Sharde’ spent eight years working as a child advocate with the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program. This program focuses on teaching underserved children the love of reading through exposing them to authors and stories that depict characters that look like them. During this time she served as an educational trainer, on the book selection and curriculum committees.


             Sharde’ has previously presented work on reading James Baldwin and religion at the International James Baldwin Conference held in Paris, France in 2016. She has been invited to speak on a panel at the James Baldwin Conference on strategies for teaching Baldwin’s work.      

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