Celucien L. Joseph, PhD

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Dr. Celucien L. Joseph is a Christian theologian, literary scholar, and an intellectual historian. Currently, he serves as Professor of English at Indian River State College. He is the Founder and President of Hope for Today Outreach, a faith-based and non-profit organization.

Dr. Joseph is an educator. As an educator, he is passionate about teaching and enjoys serving people through teaching. He teaches to foster understanding, human growth, and spiritual transformation. As a professor, “I teach to mentor and empower students so that they would be able to cultivate good citizenship and positive human relations and interactions, develop higher aims in life, and successfully attain their life goals and dreams.” His writings engage culture, the world of ideas, and faith. As he has remarked, “I do not see any contradiction for an individual to be a devoted Christian or follower of Christ and produce good and critical scholarship to advance greater knowledge and understanding in one’s academic discipline–i.e. history, philosophy, literature, theology, psychology, mathematics, gender studies, race, political science, etc.– and foster more promising and uplifting human relations and societal progress; however, such scholarship should never divorce (or should not have to divorce) the life of the mind and the life of faith.” Dr. Joseph also stated, “I’m a writer and scholar who works through the means of academic research and writing not to just analyse the human condition and diagnose the plight of humanity; I’m very intentional about using my academic expertise to heal the world, to restore hope, and to uphold human dignity.”Dr. Joseph received his B.A. from The Baptist College of Florida. He holds an M.A. in French language and literature from the University of Louisville (Louisville, KY). In addition, he holds an Advanced Master of Divinity (M.Div) in Biblical and Theological Studies, from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY), and a Master of Theology (Th.M.) in New Testament, from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Fort Worth, TX). He received his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX), where he studied Literary Studies with an emphasis in African American Intellectual History, Caribbean Culture and Literature, and African American Literature. Professor Joseph’s second PhD in Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics is from the University of Pretoria (Pretoria, South Africa). He has done additional studies in Religious Studies and the Humanities at the University of Louisville.

Dr. Joseph is a prolific writer and has authored more than three dozen academic articles. He’s interested im Theological Ethics and Anthropology, Liberation Theology, Black Literature and Intellectual History. His most recent books include American Christianity and the Culture of Death: Conversations ans Poems on Racial Trauma, Social Justice, and Hope (2020), Theologizing in Black: On Africana Theological Ethics and Anthropology (2020), and Revolutionary Change and Democratic Religion: Christianity, Vodou, and Secularism (2020). He has authored From Toussaint to Price-Mars: Rhetoric, Race, and Religion in Haitian Thought (2013), Haitian Modernity and Liberative Interruptions: Discourse on Race, Religion, Freedom (University Press of America, 2013), God Loves Haiti: A Short Overview of Hope for Today Outreach (Hope Outreach Productions, 2015), Radical Humanism and Generous Tolerance: Soyinka on Religion and Human Solidarity (Hamilton Books, 2016), Vodou in Haitian Memory: The Idea and Representation of Vodou in Haitian Imagination (Lexington Books, 2016), and Vodou in the Haitian Experience: A Black Atlantic Perspective (Lexington Books, 2016), Thinking in Public: Faith, Secular Humanism, and Development in Jacques Roumain (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2017), Between Two Worlds: Jean Price-Mars, Haiti, and Africa (Lexington Books, 2018).Dr. Joseph also co-edited a two volume work on Haitian Vodou entitled Vodou in Haitian Memory: The Idea and Representation of Vodou in Haitian Imagination (Lexington Books, 2016), and Vodou in the Haitian Experience: A Black Atlantic Perspective (Lexington Books, 2016). He also edited a new volume on Jean Price-Mars, Between Two Worlds: Price-Mars, Haiti, and Africa (Lexington Books, 2018) and another volume on the award winning short fiction Haitian American writer Edwidge Danticat, Approaches to Teaching the Work of Edwidge Danticat (Routledge, 2019). Dr. Joseph currently serves in the editorial board and Chair of The Journal of Pan African Studies Regional Advisory Board. He also an elected Board Member of the Haitian Studies Association. He also the curator of “Haiti: Then and Now.” He edited JPAS special issue on Wole Soyinka entitled “Rethinking Wole Soyinka: 80 Years of Protracted Engagement” (2015). He reviews manuscripts for various journals and has presented papers at conferences, both nationally and internationally.Dr. Joseph and his family live in Fort Pierce, Florida


Serving others is an act of love.

Dr. Joseph on a recent trip to Haiti (December, 2015)


At a Teaching Conference: Haiti, December 2015)

Serving is loving (Haiti Mission Trip, December 2015)


Prayer-walking : Haiti Mission Trip (March 2016)

Dr. Joseph is a frequent conference speaker, both nationally and internationally, and has given over 50 invited/guest lectures in the past eight years. He is the founder of Hope for Today Outreach (HTO), a non-profit and faith-based organization that takes a holistic approach to sustainable development and human flourishing so we can empower the poor, the marginalized, and the economically-disadvantaged individuals and families in Haiti. HTO provides leadership training to inspire and empower both men and women and serves the Haitian population in the areas of literacy and education, health, water and sanitation, agriculture and food, spiritual and theological formation, etc. In September 2019, he founded Hope Academy de Bois d’eau (HABD), a primary school that targets impoverished families in Port-Margot, Haiti. The motto of HABD is: “Educating the next generation to become committed citizens, great leaders, and a catalyst of hope.” Dr. Joseph and his family live in Fort Pierce, Florida.

“It is possible to be a good and critical scholar, a committed follower of Christ, and a transformational and engaged citizen.”– Dr. Celucien L. Joseph

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