Julia Robinson Moore (Ph.D., Michigan State University) joined the Department of Religious Studies at UNC Charlotte in 2005. She teaches courses in African American Religion, Religions of the African Diaspora, and Racial Violence in America. Her first book, "Race, Religion, and the Pulpit: Reverend Robert L. Bradby and the Making of Urban Detroit," explores how Bradby’s church became the catalyst for economic empowerment, community-building, and the formation of an urban African American working class in Detroit. Her second book project, "Overcoming Race in the Faith: Historical Perspectives in Healing the Divide Between Black and White Presbyterians," speaks to the complexities of black and white race relations in America through the sacred context of the Presbyterian Church. This second work offers a history of race relations within American Presbyterianism with an eye toward healing the racial divide with the larger Presbyterian Church. Her third book is "Violence, Victimage, and Lynching: Mimetic Theory and Racial Violence." Building on the assertions of René Girard, this third project seeks to situate race as a category of analysis within arguments of mimetic theory through the lens of American lynchings.