Da’Von Boyd

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Graduate School Student



  • B.A., Political Science (Summa Cum Laude), Morehouse College, 2017
  • M.A., Political Science and African American Studies, Yale University, 2018
  • M.Phil., Political Science and African American Studies, Yale University, 2021
  • Beinecke Scholar 

Fields of Interest:

  • African American Political Theory
  • Black Political Theology
  • Religion in Social Movements
  • Black Feminist Theory


I aim for my dissertation to assess the political significance of Black religious traditions in shaping the political ideologies, practices, narratives, aims, tropes, and structures of Black-led social movements in the mid-twentieth century in the United States. Specifically, I focus on three organizations: Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the Nation of Islam.  I contend that Black religious traditions constructed the philosophical, ethical, and political design of the Civil Rights movement and, subsequently, we ought to perceive the movement as constitutive of a pivotal epoch in the chronology of a divinely imbued and inspired Black freedom struggle. 

Da’Von Boyd is a Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow at Williams College for the 2023-2025 academic years. He can be reached at dab9@williams.edu