Ph.D. alumna Marla Frederick named next dean of Harvard Divinity School

Marla Frederick wearing a yellow dress and necklace.
Photo courtesy of Emory University

Marla Frederick, a leading ethnographer and scholar focused on the African American religious experience, will become dean of Harvard Divinity School on January 1, President Claudine Gay announced Thursday.

Frederick is currently the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Religion and Culture at Emory University‚Äôs Candler School of Theology. Prior to her appointment at Emory, she served on the Harvard faculty from 2003 to 2019, including as an assistant professor in the Department of African and African American Studies, with a joint appointment on the Committee on the Study of Religion. In 2008, she was named the Morris Kahn Associate Professor and then as a tenured professor in 2010.  Read more.