Ashon Crawley

Ashon Crawley currently is Assistant Professor of  Religious Studies and African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. His research and teaching experiences are in the areas of Black Studies, Performance Theory and Sound Studies, Philosophy and Theology, Black Feminist and Queer theories. His first book project, Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility (Fordham University Press),​ is an ​investigation of aesthetics and performance as modes of collective, social imaginings otherwise. He is currently working on three projects; one tentatively titled "The Lonely Letters," an autobiofiction that explores the relationship between blackness, quantum mechanics, mysticism and love; a second project about the role of the Hammond B-3 organ in Black Christianity, a sound exploration of black religiosity; and a third project about blackness and a critique of western constructions of mysticism, considering what he calls the Black Radical Mystical Tradition.