Marla Frederick is Professor of African and African American Studies and the Study of Religion at Harvard University and the past President of the ABA. She is the author of Between Sundays: Black Women and Everyday Struggles of Faith (U. of California, 2003), and co-author of Local Democracy Under Siege: Activism, Public Interests and Private Politics (NYU Press, 2007), which won the 2008 Book Award from the Society for the Anthropology of North America. Frederick’s research interests include questions emerging from the intersections of religion, race, gender, media, politics and economics. She is currently completing an ethnography which looks at the rise of African American religious broadcasters and their influence in the US and Jamaica.