Justine Bakker earned her PhD from Rice University in May 2020. Her dissertation, entitled ‘The Vibrations Are Different Here:’ Parareligious Stories in the African Diaspora, looks at the work of M. NourbeSe Philip, Fred D’Aguiar and Ellen Gallagher to rethink the categories of “religion” and “the human” in the field of Religious Studies. The final year of dissertation writing was supported by the Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship (administered by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation). After Rice, she returned to the Netherlands, where she is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Critical Philosophy of Race at Radboud University, Nijmegen. Justine’s recent and forthcoming publications investigate African American forms of esotericism and query why these esotericisms (and those of people of color more generally) are so often overlooked or ignored by scholars in the field of Western esotericism.