​Dr. A.E. Brooks-Key

A scholar in the area of Afro-Jewish Studies, Dr. Key teaches courses in the area of African Religions, African American Studies, The Black Church, and African/African American Folklore.


Prior to joining the faculty at Claflin University, Dr. Key served as Assistant Professor of History at Bennett College. He is a graduate of Temple University (2011) and has taught courses in African American History, Black Religion, the Black Church, Racism, and Afro-Jewish Studies. His dissertation was entitled, "What's My Name: An Autoethnography of the Problem of Ethnic Suffering and Moral Evil in Black Judaism," which examined the problem of theodicy in the identity construction of Black Jews and Hebrew Israelites in the United States and Caribbean.


  • PhD, African American Studies, Temple University, 2011
  • MA, History, Chicago State University, 2004
  • BA, History, Central State University, 1997


  • African American History
  • Africana Religion
  • African-American Social and Political Thought
  • Afro-Jewish Studies
  • African American Foodways and Culture
  • History of Religion
  • Black Theology

​Dr. A.E. Brooks-Key
Assistant Professor of African American Studies
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences