Erika Gault, PhD

Director & Lilly Endowment Center - Erika D. Gault, Ph.D.

Erika D. Gault, Ph.D. is the Director of Center for the Study of African American Religious Life and the Lilly Endowment Curator of African American Religious History at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. She is one of the foremost scholars of Digital Black Religion. She currently serves as the principal investigator for the Connected Faith: Digital Black Religion Survey. Dr. Gault holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo (2013), a Master of Religion from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (2006), and Bachelor of Art (Poli/Sci and African American Studies) from New York University (2004). Most recently, she worked as an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Arizona. She also led programming and grants administration for the Library of Congress newly created Connecting Communities Digital Initiative. She is a 2022-2023 Research Fellow in the American Studies Department at George Washington University and serves on the CUNY Graduate Center’s Digital Humanities Research Initiative Advisory Board. Dr. Gault's research focuses on the intersection of religious history, technology, and Black life. She has presented and published several articles locally, nationally, and internationally on hip hop, religion, and digital ethnography. She is the author of Networking the Black Church: Digital Black Christians and Hip Hop (NYU 2022). Dr. Gault has written for various outlets including ESSENCE Magazine and Religion News, and she is an award-winning slam poet.   

Teddy Reeves, PhD

Curator of Religion - Teddy Reeves, Ph.D.

Teddy Reeves, Ph.D. is the Curator of Religion in the Center for the Study of African American Religious Life (CSAARL) at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Dr. Reeves is a multifaceted, award-winning producer and curator that uses his many strengths to capture and curate cultural moments. He is the creator and producer of the Museum’s first web-series, “gOD-Talk: A Black Millennials and Faith Conversation Series” and first featured documentary film gOD-Talk, which explores the lives of seven Black millennials and their challenges and discoveries with faith in the 21st century. Prior to joining NMAAHC, Dr. Reeves served as philanthropy consultant, pastor, K-12 English instructor, and higher education administrator. He has been featured on The Root, CBS News, Washington Post, NPR, Religion News Service, Revolt, and other outlets. Dr. Reeves earned his bachelor’s degree from Hampton University, Master of Divinity from Princeton Seminary, and Doctor of Philosophy from Fordham University. 

Kim Moir

Public Program Producer - Kim Moir

Kim Moir is the Public Programs Producer at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). He is responsible for coordinating and conducting public programs and outreach activities for the museum’s Center for the Study of African American Religious Life (CSAARL). He conducts research and gathers information through technology, social media and online to make artifacts and histories available through digital technologies, web features and digital storytelling. His past work has included videographer for PBS, the NFL, the NBA and Major League Soccer (MLS). He’s produced hundreds of news, arts, public affairs, and documentary feature stories as well as written, produced and directed a well-received feature film, “Sinsitivity.” He is also a multi award winning screenwriter. He graduated from Hampton University with a B.A. in Mass Media Arts. 

Janine Hinton

Management Support Specialist - Janine Hinton

As the most recent member to join the CSAARL team, Hinton is still establishing herself within the Center and the Smithsonian NMAAHC community. She contributes various types of support for the Center from the day-to-day tasks, such as, documenting meetings held with fellow NMAAHC staff members and outside collaborators and assisting in the transport of honorary awards, mementos, publications, and merchandise to designated staff members as well as collaborators. She also assists the Center in helping navigate systems, from travel to financial, to support programs led by the Center. She is a DMV native and has over 10 years of experience working as a federal contractor for the federal government. 

Donna Braxton

Program Analyst – Donna Braxton

 

Donna Braxton is the technical lead for the Center for the Study of African American Religious Life. Braxton provides technical support for national programs, public engagements, and Center operations. Braxton coordinates and implements projects involving cross functional teams, funds management, procurement, travel, and invoicing. Braxton has expertise with various financial and travel systems that are used to support the Center’s initiatives. Braxton also serves as the Center’s website content editor and has oversight of the Center’s technical equipment inventory. Braxton previously worked in a Fortune 100 Company where she completed a full management career. She held several positions in the areas of Commercial Budgets, Planning/ Engineering, Customer Service Centers, Marketing, and Consumer Sales. Braxton has received numerous top merit awards for outstanding performance including the corporation’s Most Prestigious Excellence Award for her contributions to a team project. Braxton holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Howard University, graduating with the honorable status of Magna Cum Laude. Braxton is a charter member of Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society as well as the recipient of several scholarships, including the Howard University Board of Trustees Scholarship, WHC Brown Scholarship, and the School of Business and Public Administration Scholarship. 

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