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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 Assistant 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.


Racial Resilience is an anti-racism training method that helps individuals develop an antiracist conscience, and institutions develop an anti-racist ethos. Our unique approach utilizes
compassion-based contemplative practices as the foundational lens through which we view the impact that racialization has on our bodies and worldview. From this foundation we teach
participants the essential critical race theories so that they are able to authentically and sustainably engage anti-racist actions for racial justice.

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