Faculty Experts - Vincent W. Lloyd, PhD

Faculty Experts - Vincent W. Lloyd, PhD

Vincent W. Lloyd, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Theology and Religious Studies
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Areas of Expertise:

  • The Role of Religion in Racial Justice Organizing
  • Religion in Politics, and Race
  • Religion in Mass Incarceration 
  • Religious Ideas of Crime and Punishment 
  • Religious Movements in Prisons


Dr. Lloyd is an authoritative voice on current issues and trends related to religion in politics as well as religion and race. He can comment on how religion influences these two areas to affect social change. Lloyd’s research focuses on religion and mass incarceration from various perspectives including religious thought regarding crime and punishment and religious movements in prisons.


  • PhD University of California, Berkeley 
  • Exchange
    Scholar University of Chicago, Divinity School 
  • MA University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A. Princeton University 

Selected Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Religion, Syracuse University
  • Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Georgia State University

Selected Publications

  • Lloyd, Vincent W, Religion of the Field Negro: On Black Secularism and Black Theology, Fordham University Press, (forthcoming in 2017). 
  • Lloyd, Vincent W., Black Natural Law, Oxford University Press, (2016). 
  • Lloyd, Vincent W., The Problem with Grace: Reconfiguring Political Theology, Stanford University Press, (2011). 
  • Lloyd, Vincent W., Law and Transcendence: On the Unfinished Project of Gillian Rose, Palgrave Macmillan, (2009).

Research Interests

  • Prison education programs
  • Religion and labor organizing

About Villanova

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