Jamil Drake

Assistant Professor
Dr. Jamil Drake

Contact Information

American Religious History
Office Location
M06 Dodd Hall
Office Hours



Jamil W. Drake earned his doctoral degree in American Religious Cultures at Emory University in August of 2015. He comes to Florida State University after serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies Department at Bates College in Lewiston, ME.

Drake specializes in American religious history with particular interests in 20th century African-American religious cultures; religion and politics; and religion and popular culture. More specifically, he is interested in questions around religion and racial identity in the U.S. He is currently writing a history of race and class in American religion tentatively entitled, To Know the Soul of the People: American Folk Studies and Racial Politics of Popular Religion, 1900-1940To Know the Soul of People tells a story of how the study of race and religion became a central topic in folklore research and the developing social sciences in the first half of the twentieth century. His research explores how the use of “folk religion” played a fundamental role in the process of classifying cultural behaviors that contributed to defining black lower and working-class communities in twentieth-century America.


Fall 2022
  • REL3152: Religion, Race & Ethnicity
  • RLG5195: Seminar: Religion, Race & Health (co-taught with Dr. Laura McTighe)
Spring 2022
  • REL3152: Religion, Race & Ethnicity
  • REL4190/RLG5195: Martin & Malcolm in the U.S.