College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

Joel TishkenJoel E. Tishken

Assistant Professor of History
Wilson-Short Hall 341 – 509-335-8371


Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2002
M.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1997
B.A., University of Wisconsin, Parkside, 1993

Academic & Professional Interests

Tishken teaches courses on African history, world history, and world religions. His research interests are in South Africa, colonial Africa, African Christianities, neo-indigenous religions, and the theory and pedagogy of religion.


Tishken book coversTishken is the author of Isaiah Shembe’s Prophetic Uhlanga: The Worldview of the Nazareth Baptist Church in Colonial South Africa (New York: Peter Lang, 2013)

He co-edited Sàngó in Africa and the African Diaspora with Toyin Falola and Akintunde Akinyemi (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009)

He served as a guest editor for three journals including special issues on:

  • African Christianities for Religion (forthcoming 2014)
  • African Christianities for Nova Religio (Vol. 13, no. 1, Aug. 2009)
  • world religions for World History Bulletin (Vol. 23, no. 1, Spring 2007)

His articles include:

“Neither Anglican nor Ethiopian: Race, Schism, and Ecclesiastical Politics in the Nineteenth-Century Liberian Episcopal Church.” (forthcoming in Journal of Africana Religions, Vol. 2, no. 1, Jan. 2014)

“The Place of Èsù in the Yorùbá Pantheon,” coauthored with Allison Sellers. In Èsù: Yorùbá God, Power, and the Imaginative Frontiers, edited by Toyin Falola(Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2013)

“Introduction,” coauthored with Toyin Falola and Akintunde Akinyemi. In Sàngó in Africa and the African Diaspora. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009)

“A Brief History and Typology of the African Reformation.” Nova Religio, 13, no. 1 (Aug. 2009): 4-10.

“African Independence Movements.” In The Atlantic World, 1450-2000, edited by Kevin Roberts and Toyin Falola (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008)

“The History of Prophecy in West Africa: Indigenous, Islamic, and Christian.” History Compass 5, no. 5 (2007)

“Whose Nazareth Baptist Church?: Prophecy, Power, and Schism in South Africa.” Nova Religio 9, no. 4 (May 2006)

“Ethnic vs. Evangelical Religions: Beyond Teaching the World Religions Approach.” The History Teacher 33, no. 3 (May 2000)













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