Assistant Opinion Editor,

Josiah R. Daniels (he/him) is the assistant opinion editor at He is a native of the southwest suburbs of Chicago, but currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife.

The first thing Josiah ever wrote was a sermon for his youth group when he was 14. And while the sermon has since been lost (this is for the best), Josiah has not lost his love for writing. His writing centers around Black radical politics, the Religious Left, liberation theologies, and critical race theory. His other interests such as hard bop and avant-garde jazz, sci-fi, cults, and the Hebrew Bible also influence his writing. Josiah has written for Geez magazine, Religion Dispatches, and Sojourners, which has been Josiah’s favorite magazine since his college days. He is an avid reader of the Boston Review, The Bias Magazine, and The New Yorker.

Josiah’s commitment to activism began on Chicago’s West Side, where he lived for three years. There, his neighbors taught him the importance of integrating his faith and writing with direct action, a lesson that continues to influence his Christian faith and commitment to social justice.

When not reading, writing, or collaborating with authors, he is watching the Chicago Bulls, playing basketball, or taking full advantage of his PBS Passport membership. An atonal twitter user, you can follow him @josiah_Rdaniels.

Posts By This Author

How to Juggle: What Our Editors Are Reading

by Josiah R. Daniels 04-09-2021

Photo by Alex Emanuel Koch

Lil Nas X, Godzilla, and the (unofficial) patron saint of the internet.

No More Begging For Our Humanity

by Josiah R. Daniels 06-10-2020

A demonstrator waves an American flag during a protest against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in New York City. June 9, 2020. REUTERS/Idris Solomon

Black people don’t always end up dead when encountering police. But we almost always end up wounded.