Spencer Dew

Spencer Dew

Spencer Dew is Religion Teaching Fellow at Wittenberg University and Affiliated Faculty at the Ohio State University. He is the author of The Aliites: Race and Law in the Religions of Noble Drew Ali (University of Chicago Press, 2019).

Essays

MOVE, while an illiberal religion characterized by abrasive rhetoric, is nonetheless an example of the religification of law and the legal system. MOVE activists refused to surrender the court to the state, seeing the legal system as a potential tool against the state, rightly beyond state control.