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Dr. Larry Covin, Jr., is an American Public Theologian, Ethicist, scholar and author. 


Larry Donell Covin Jr is the author of:

Thirteen Turns: A Theology Resurrected From the Gallows of Jim Crow Christianity published by Wipf and Stock 2020. (Book)


A Theology of Justice: Interpreting John Rawls in Corrections Ethics-An Ethnography published by Wipf and Stock 2022. (Book)


Homelessness Poverty and Incarceration: The Criminalization of Despair published by Taylor and Francis 2012. (Journal)


He is a member of The American Academy of Religion, The Authors Guild, The American Bar Association, and The Association of Practical Theology.


Larry Covin's expertise in, and advocacy for the poor and criminal justice reform in his writings, is now utilized by the U.S. Department of Justice at ojp.govlarrycovin.


He studied under, and was a student of, two theologians venerated as icons of the Liberation Theology movement. First, Gayraud Wilmore of the Interdenominational Theological Center of Atlanta University; and Albert J. Raboteau of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary.  

George Hunsinger, another Systematic Theologian of whom Larry Covin studied under while at Princeton, has been significant in influencing the thinking and theology of Dr. Covin. 


However, there has been perhaps no other theologian more prominent in the formation of Dr. Covin, than the Yale Theologian Lee Barrett, the theologian and philosopher Soren Kierkegaard Scholar par excellence; under whom Larry Covin studied for three years.


Most notably, his authored work titled-Homelessness, Poverty, and Incarceration: The Criminalization of Despair, published by The Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, can be found in libraries at Princeton University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology or MIT, The University of California, Berkeley, and The Bodleian Library at University of Oxford, England. For a more detailed description, visit the library website of each university, click on search Larry Covin.    


His collective publications are housed in college and university libraries around the world-from Stanford University, Columbia University, University of Notre Dame in South Bend-Indiana, Rice University, Johns Hopkins University, UCLA, University of California-Irvine, NYU, Vanderbilt University, United States Military Academy, Clemson University, National Library of Israel, University of Marburg Germany, Dallas Theological Seminary, Pepperdine University, Howard University, Florida A&M University, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, and hundreds of university libraries around the world. Follow the links on this page to colleges and universities.


In short, a search of the majority of college and university libraries in the United States, as well as abroad, will produce housed in their catalog of collections, the intellectual contributions-scholarly writings and pedagogical contributions of the work of Larry Covin. Larry Covin's scholarship in the discipline of ethics, theology, and criminal justice ethics reform has been well documented in institutions of higher education.  


Dr. Covin's book published in 2020 is Thirteen Turns: A Theology Resurrected From the Gallows of Jim Crow Christianity, which builds upon his previous scholarly work, and is considered as foundational and essential work in Liberation Theology studies.


In 2012 Dr. Covin authored--The Constructing of A Contemporary Corrections Ethic In The Tradition of Social Contract Theory: An Extrapolation From The Work of Political Philosopher John Rawls, published by ProQuest as his Doctoral Dissertation. 


He earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Albany State University, Master of Divinity in Christian Education from the Interdenominational Theological Center, Doctoral degree in Criminal Justice Ethics from the Lancaster Theological Seminary at Moravian University, Postdoctoral ThM degree in Theology and Ethics from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Dr. Covin's latest book published June 2022 is titled, A Theology of Justice: Interpreting John Rawls in Corrections Ethics ~ An Ethnography and is published by Wipf & Stock. An excerpt taken from the cover reads as follows. "There are thirty-eight ethical statements-principles throughout the seven chapters of A Theology of Justice. These ethical statements form a comprehensive corrections ethic informed by the human rights abuses occurring in jails and prisons in the United States, offering evidence-based correctives. This corrections ethic is informed by twenty years of qualitative research inside four jail and prison institutions, as an administrator of both Treatment and Religious Services departments; including the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Leavenworth, United States Penitentiary in Atlanta, Maryland Division of Pretrial Detention and Services, and the Adams County Adult Correctional Complex in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A Theology of Justice is foundational toward a corrections ethic, and reflective of disciplines possessing extensive research in the development of its ethics, such as business ethics and medical ethics."

Over the span of twenty years Dr. Covin has taught as an adjunct professor at Morgan State University, University of Baltimore, Howard Community College, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Lancaster Theological Seminary, and The Schaefer Center for Public Policy teaching Public Policy Ethics.

Dr. Covin presently serves as Systematic Theologian-Religion Scholar, at Historic Trinity UCC Church (1742) in York, Pennsylvania.