Eric M Washington

Eric Washington


  • 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


I love watching sports; 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.

Academic interests

Professor Washington is the director of the African and African Diasporia Studies program. He was recently elected as a member of the Board of Directors of Africa Network, a nonprofit consortium of liberal arts colleges committed to literacy about and concern for Africa in American higher education.

Eric 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.

See his Q & A: African Americans in the Reformed Tradition.

Read Eric Washington's posts on Historical Horizons, the history department blog.


Articles and Book Chapters

 "'An Open Door and a Welcome Hand': Lewis Garnet Jordan's Ethiopian Vision", in Black Scholars in White Space: New Vistas in African American Studies from the Christian Academy, edited by Anthony Bradley (Wipf and Stock, 2015).

"I agree to election:” The Influence of Calvinism among African American Baptists in Slavery and Freedom, 1750-1900." Puritan Reformed Journal (2012).


Pathways to Freedom: Maryland & the Underground Railroad, Created and maintained by Maryland Public Television. Reviewed September to November 2011. Afro-Americans in New York Life and History 36:1 (January 2012): 120-123.

Conference Papers and Lectures

"'I am an African': Lott Carey and the First American Missions to Africa." Black History Month, Calvin College (February 2012).

"Lewis G. Jordan and the Place of Africa in His Thought," Black History Month Public Lecture Series, Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL (February 2012).

"An Open Door and a Welcome Hand: Lewis G. Jordan's Ethiopian Vision," Herman C. Hudson Symposium on African-American and African Diaspora Studies, Bloomington, IN (March 2012).

"R. H. Boyd and the Shaping of National Baptist Theology," Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters Conference, Alma College, Alma, MI (November 2011).

"Lewis G. Jordan and the Intellectual Tradition of Ethiopianism," Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora, University of Pittsburg (November 2011).

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