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Donnell A. Williamson, Jr. is a PhD Student in Religion and Critical Thought at Brown University. His scholarship focuses on both modern religious thought and historical philosophy.  His primary research interests include philosophy of religion, religion and politics, and African-American religious traditions with an emphasis on the intellectual histories of Søren Kierkegaard and Frederick Douglass.  Donnell's research examines the realities of death and despair in relation to Christianity's various, often disparate, ethical dispositions.  He holds a B.A. in Sociology from Morehouse College and a MDiv from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.  In his spare time he enjoys reading, playing tennis and listening to music.

Donnell is a proud 2015 alumnus of Morehouse College. As a student, Donnell served the College as the SGA Elections Committee Chairman and Senior Bonner Intern of the Morehouse Bonner Scholars. He is a 2019 Master of Divinity graduate of Emory University's Candler School of Theology. While at Candler, Donnell was selected to study in Munich, Germany at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität as an exchange student for the 2017-18 academic year. 


Donnell is a dynamic oratorical and motivational speaker. Cultivating the art of oratory since childhood, he labors with words as his paint brush, ideas as his muse, and the necessity to write as his canvas. Since 2010, Donnell has used his gift to speak at youth conferences, colleges, churches, galas and much more.


His future plans consist of obtaining a PhD and being an avid writer. As a product of the Black community, Donnell hopes to resolve social and economic disparities afflicting the African-American community, as it relates to social/economic mobility and inequality. His hobbies/interest includes playing tennis, reading, writing, listening to music and socializing. His inspiration stems from Mathew 4:4: “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”


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2019 - Present

Brown University

PhD, Religion and Critical Thought

2015 - 2019

Emory University

MDiv, Candler School of Theology at Emory University

2011 - 2015

Morehouse College

BA, Sociology

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