Cheryl Gilkes is a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur professor in the Sociology and African-American studies Departments at Colby College. Her areas of expertise include: African-American religious history; race and ethnicity in the U.S.; comparative race relations; African-American women, history, and social change; sociology of religion; deviance and social control; social problems and public policy; black women, history, and social change; black religion, religious ideas, and practices; gospel music; W.E.B. Du Bois