Associate Professor, History
Jason R. Young is an associate professor of history at the University of Michigan. He teaches and researches in the fields of Nineteenth-Century United States History, African American History, and the African Diaspora. He specializes in the history of art, religion, and folk culture.
Jason Young is the author of Rituals of Resistance: African Atlantic Religion in Kongo and the Lowcountry Region of Georgia and South Carolina in the Era of Slavery, an exploration into the religious and ritual practices that linked West-Central Africa with the Lowcountry region of Georgia and South Carolina. He is also the co-editor, with Edward J. Blum, of The Souls of W.E.B. Du Bois: New Essays and Reflections, a collection of articles that examines Du Bois’s personal religious convictions along with his scholarly examinations of religion. Jason Young is also the Co-Curator of Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina, which will be on view at the MET from September 9, 2022 – February 5, 2023. Young has published articles in The Journal of African American History, The Journal of Africana Religions, and The Journal of Southern Religion, among others. He is currently conducting research toward his next book project, ‘To Make the Slave Anew’: Art, History and the Politics of Authenticity.