Lillie Edwards (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is a Professor of History and Director of the Pan-African Studies and American Studies programs. She specializes in African- American history, American studies, and African history. She is currently working on two manuscripts, “Civilizing Missions: African-Americans, Christianity, and Colonialism,” and an edited book of essays, “The Fire and the Faith: The Oppugnant Tradition in African-American Religious Life.” She has published articles in A Historical Dictionary of Civil Rights in the United States, The Dictionary of Christianity in America, Black Women in the United States: An Historical Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History. She has also served as Co-Chair of the Curriculum Committee of the New Jersey Amistad Commission.