Rev. Christopher Carter, PhD


My research, teaching, and activist interests are in Black, Womanist, and Environmental ethics, with a particular focus on race, food, and nonhuman animals. I am also the co-creator of Racial Resilience, an anti-racism and anti-bias program that utilizes the combined insights of contemplative practices and critical race theories.


My passion for all of my work evolves out of my family's struggle to loosen the chains of systematic racism – similar to bell hooks I believe that education is the practice of freedom. At its broadest level, I believe that learning should be transformational: it should transform how the student views herself, her neighbor, and her worldview.


I earned my PhD in Religion with an Ethics & Society concentration from Claremont School of Theology. My dissertation, Eating Oppression: Food, Faith, and Liberation was the foundation for my forthcoming book The Spirit of Soul Food.


I am currently an Assitant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. I am also on the board of directors of Farm Forward, an anti-factory farming non-profit. Lastly, I am a commissioned Elder within the United Methodist Church.