Lerone A. Martin, PhD is the Director of American Culture Studies and associate professor of religion and politics, American Culture Studies and African and African American Studies. His research primarily focuses on religious and political history, the African American experience and the FBI.
In support of his research, Martin has received a number of nationally recognized fellowships and grants, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, The American Council of Learned Societies and The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Martin is the author of the award-winningPreaching on Wax: The Phonograph and the Making of Modern African American Religion(New York University Press, 2014), which tracks the role of the phonograph in the shaping of African American religion, culture, and politics during the first half of the twentieth century. He is currently writing a book tentatively entitled: Apostles of Justice: How Hoover’s FBI Aided and Abetted the Rise of White Evangelical Conservatism. The book is set to be published by Princeton University Press.
According to Lerone A. Martin, director of American Culture Studies and associate professor of religion and politics and of African and African-American studies, all in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, modern evangelical voters have supported political candidates for myriad reasons, not all of which are in line with traditional Christian values.
Lerone A. Martin, associate professor of religion and politics and incoming director of the American Culture Studies program in Arts & Sciences, received a $250,000 grant from The Teagle Foundation to develop and implement a summer humanities program for promising, underserved high school students from the St. Louis region.
The FBI’s efforts to destroy Martin Luther King, Jr.’s reputation are well known, but less known is how the bureau colluded with Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux, then a widely successful black radio preacher and televangelist, in their campaign against King.