Hector Kilgoe

Hector Kilgoe

PhD Candidate

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Cohen Hall 232

Hector Kilgoe studies religion, race, and politics in the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries, with particular interest in Black nationalism, formations of Black and other identities, and narratives and rhetoric associated with ideas of affective belonging, kinship, and citizenship as they relate to systems of power. Hector received his Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies in 2019 at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Master of Theological Studies degree in African and African American Religious Studies from Harvard Divinity School, where he was a junior fellow in the Science, Religion, and Culture Program, and his BA in Religious Studies, with minors in Jewish Studies and East Asian Languages and Civilizations, from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar. His intellectual interests also include affect theory, science fiction, media studies, and queer theory.


BA, Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania
MTS, African and African American Religious Studies, Harvard Divinity School

Research Interests
  • Black Nationalism
  • Emigration
  • Colonization
  • Missionization
  • Black belonging
  • Citizenship¬†
Research Areas
American Religions
Politics & Publics
Courses Taught
  • Fall 2018, Teaching Assistant, "Gender, Sexuality, and Religion"
  • Spring 2019, Teaching Assistant, "Introduction to Buddhism"
  • Fall 2019, Teaching Assistant, "The Religion of Anime"
  • Spring 2020, Teaching Assistant, "Violence, Tolerance, and Freedom"
  • Summer 2021, Teaching Assistant, "God Is Black: Race, Religion, and Nationalism in America"
  • Spring 2022, Teaching Assistant, "American Jesus"
  • Fall 2022, Teaching Assistant, "Religion of Anime"
  • Spring 2023, Teaching Assistant, "Religion from Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter"

American Academy of Religion, American Society of Church History

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

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