Director, African and African Diaspora Studies Minor
B.A., Sociology, Loyola University-New Orleans
M.A., History of Africa, Miami University
Ph.D., African American church and African missions, Michigan State University
Research and professional interests
Prof. Washington is primarily interested in studying the African American church from its development in the late 18th century through the 19th century, and individual Christians, primarily Calvinists. He has a growing academic interest in the growing "Black and Reformed" movement in North America. He is also interested in Protestant missions in Southern Africa primarily among Tswana-speaking groups. And he studies comparative slavery in the Atlantic world, e.g. North America (U.S. and Mexico) and the Caribbean and Latin America.
Prof. Washington is preparing to present a paper on the Calvinistic roots of National Baptist theology at a conference at Dordt College in the spring. On April 29, he successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation at Michigan State University. His dissertation is title "Heralding South Africa's Redemption: Evangelicalism and Ethiopianism in the Missionary Philosophy of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. 1880-1930."
Life outside of Calvin College
"I love watching sports; I would still love to play, but my wife seems very much against it since I have fatherly responsibilities. I'm an avid baseball fan, and of college sports. I'm an active church person who teaches Bible and church history; I love reading all things Reformed, especially on worship. I am a psalm-singer with a nice collection of Psalters."
Prof. Washington is the director of the African and African Diasporia Studies program.
Read his blog, Forward to the Reformation, which is on Reformation in the traditional African American church (Baptist).
See a partial list of Eric Washington's publications.