Matthew J. Cressler

Associate Professor
Department of Religious Studies
The College of Charleston

Matthew J. Cressler is associate professor of religious studies and affiliate faculty in African American studies at the College of Charleston. His published works on religion, race, and US Catholicism includes Authentically Black and Truly Catholic: The Rise of Black Catholicism in the Great Migrations (NYU Press, 2017), “‘Real Good and Sincere Catholics': White Catholicism and Massive Resistance to Desegregation in Chicago, 1965-1968” (Religion and American Culture, 2020), and “Centering Black Catholic Religio-Racial Identity, Revealing White Catholicism” (Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 2020). He is currently at work on a book-length manuscript on white Catholic racism. Cressler has written for Slate, America, Zocalo Public Square, and Religion News Service. In partnership with journalist Adelle M. Banks and with the support of Sacred Writes, he helped produce the Religion News Service series “Beyond the Most Segregated Hour,” which won a Wilbur Award from the Religion Communicators Council. You can connect with him on Twitter @mjcressler.