B i o g r a p h y

Dr. Zach W. Mills is the author of the award-winning biography The Last Blues Preacher, a biography about Chicago civil rights hero Rev. Clay Evans, published by Fortress Press on May 1, 2018. He is a communications instructor and consultant who studies race, religion, rhetoric, and media.


Dr. Mills graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2003 with a major in Print Journalism and a minor in Religious Studies. He has two master’s degrees from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Divinity emphasizing Social Justice and a Master of Arts focussing on African American Preaching. 


He earned a Ph.D in Rhetoric and Public Culture from Northwestern University. His dissertation on Chicago's WVON Radio entitled “Talking Drum” won the 2017 Graduate Dissertation Award in the university's communication studies department.


Zach Mills is a storyteller who uses the power of words to inspire people to find common ground in spite of their many differences. He sees his writing and speaking as avenues that can inspire people to awaken to their passions, imagine greater possibilities, and jump onto those paths leading toward the best version of themselves.