Charlene Sinclair

Visiting Instructor of Christian Ethics


  • Christian Ethics
  • Race and Criminalization
  • Race, Violence, and Peacemaking
  • Social Justice Organizing


  • Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary in New York (candidate)
  • M.Div., Union Theological Seminary in NY
  • B.A., Trinity College

Professor Sinclair is a leading community activist committed to enhancing dialogue between the academy and grassroots movements. In her work she emphasizes increasing awareness of the pressing social issues facing communities of color including but not limited to the development of a high level of "policy literacy" regarding poverty, immigration, education, and prison reform. She is the founding director of the Center for Race, Religion & Economic Democracy (C-RRED) at Union Theological Seminary, which develops programs that enable community organizers to reflect on the theories that shape our understanding and develop strategic practices for change on the ground. She is also the former project director for “Engaging the Powers” at Union Theological Seminary, which worked to enable emerging faith leaders to develop a vibrant and compelling theological vocabulary and biblical textual interpretation that engages the specific social issues faced in their communities today.