Jonathon S. Kahn

Professor of Religion
Jonathon S. Kahn Headshot

Jonathon S. Kahn (AB Princeton University; PhD, Columbia University 2003) is Professor of Religion. His teaching and writing interests are at the intersection of race, religious ethics, and politics. His current work explores the formation of modern versions of secularism. He is the editor of (with Vincent Lloyd) Race and Secularism in America (Columbia University Press, 2016). Other work on secularism appears in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Education, (eds. Michael D. Waggoner and Nathan C. Walker, Oxford University Press, forthcoming) and Pragmatism and Naturalism (ed. Matthew Bagger, Columbia University Press, forthcoming). He’s currently working on two book projects: What is a Secular Education? and Black Democratic Faith: Reconstruction for Difficult Times Kahn is also the author of Divine Discontent: The Religious Imagination of W. E. B. Du Bois (Oxford University Press, 2009), and his writing on Du Bois appears in several other places including Race and Political Theology (ed. Vincent Lloyd, Stanford University Press, 2012) and Philosophia Africana.

BA, Princeton University; MA, MPhil, PhD, Columbia University in the City of New York
At Vassar since 2005


Blodgett Hall
Box 341

Departments and Programs


AFRS/RELI 330 Religion, Critical Theory and Politics

In the Media

three standing people behind a table talking animatedly and writing things down on pads

Lauding the success of a five-year experiment known as the Engaged Pluralism Initiative, President Elizabeth H. Bradley has announced the program will continue as an integral part of the campus culture.


Download images for non-commercial use, photo credit required.

Jonathon S. Kahn
Karl Rabe
Jonathon S. Kahn
Karl Rabe