Eboni Marshall Turman, Ph.D.




An author, ordained minister, university professor and public theologian, the Reverend Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman is a refreshing addition to our most pressing national discussions of faith, race and gender. With a decidedly womanist point of view, hers stands out as one of few female voices offering the moral perspective on issues facing the Black community.


At a time in our history when the Black church and Black lives are once again under siege, Dr. Turman has committed her research, scholarship and platform to a nuanced exploration of the most marginalized among us.


A trailblazer in the church and academy, her pioneering spirit has earned her many rare distinctions. She was the youngest woman to be named Assistant Minister of the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City; is the only African­American theological ethicist on the faculty at Duke University’s Divinity School; one of Ebony Magazine’s Young Faith Leaders in the Black Community; and included on the Network Journal’s prestigious 40 Under 40 List.


A highly sought after speaker and thinker, Dr. Turman has shared her ideas at Yale University Divinity School, Fordham University, Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Union Theological Seminary and regularly from pulpits around the world. In 2014, Dr. Turman was inducted into the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars. Her opinions on race, faith, and gender have been published by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Dallas Morning News among others.


As one of the only modern­day scholars to tackle the taboo topic of sexism in the Black Church, Dr. Turman owns her millennial sensibility and is unflinchingly honest in her critique of our most revered institutions. Over the course of her career, she has repeatedly dispelled the notion of “a woman’s place” in church and society. Building upon the literary, intellectual, activist foundations of Alice Walker, W.E.B DuBois, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett in 2013 Dr. Turman published her seminal work ­Toward a Womanist Ethic of Incarnation: Black Bodies, the Black Church and the Council of Chalcedon. In it, she explores the sexism that pervades the black church and chips away at the moral justification for black women’s social subordination. Through her research and scholarship, Dr. Turman is transforming the way we frame the Black experience, the contemporary movement for Black lives, and the moral significance of the Black community specifically the 21st century black church.


Beyond academia, Dr. Turman is passionate about helping Black women and men rise above and function through systemic gender bias, racism and exploitation. In doing so she gives women the tools for vocational, professional, and personal success, empowering them to step into leadership and assert themselves more fully in male dominant environments. As a determined advocate, Dr. Turman challenges how Black women are positioned in the media, the church and society as a whole. As a gifted teacher and counselor, she empowers Black women from the heart and shows them how to interpret Christian teachings to transform their lives, change their communities, and create healthier relationships, brighter leadership prospects and personal fulfillment.


Dr. Turman’s unapologetic passion for Black women is perhaps only matched by her passion for young minds. As the face of Black Church Studies at Duke University Divinity School, she is pushing the boundaries of scholarship, while training the next generation of moral leaders and expanding their vision for what is possible for their work.


Dr. Turman earned her B.A. degree in Philosophy from Fordham University. She earned her Master of Divinity, Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Social Ethics and African American Religion from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (Columbia University Graduate School of Religion).


She and her wonderful husband, Rossie E. Turman III, Esq., live in New York City and Cary, NC.