Charrise Barron is PhD Candidate in African American Studies, with a primary field of concentration in religion and secondary in ethnomusicology. Her research interests center on African American history, religion, and sacred music. She also studies black American music more broadly, as well as Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism. Her dissertation explores contemporary African American gospel music in the United States since the 1990s, and its marked shifts away from previous eras of gospel. Focusing on the changes in gospel performance and culture over the last twenty-five years helps to illuminate revised theologies of salvation and sanctification among African American Pentecostal churches. Charrise holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Harvard and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and Institute of Sacred Music. She is also a gospel singer, musician, and songwriter, and an ordained Christian minister.