Brite Divinity School educates women and men to lead in the ministry of Christ’s church, the academy and public life as witnesses to God’s reconciling and transforming love and justice.
DegreesPh.D., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 2009
M.A., Yale University, 2004
B.S., Tennessee State University, Nashville, 2002
- African-American Experiences and Perspectives in Social Ethics
- Christian Social Ethics
- Christian Social Ethics and Economic Justice
- Global Theologies of Women of Color
- Introduction to Black Church Traditions and Culture
- Introduction to Contemporary Theological Ethics
- Theologies of Women of Color
- Womanist Theology and Ethics
- Unfinished Business: Black Women, the Black Church and the Struggle to Thrive in America (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012)
- Religious Resistance to Neoliberalism: Womanist and Black Feminist Perspectives (forthcoming Fall of 2015, Palgrave Macmillan).
- Resurrection City: The Doing of Race and Religion in America (Monograph in progress)
Journal Articles, Book Chapters and Book Reviews
- “African American Theology and Doctrines of God,” in The Oxford Handbook of African-American Theology, eds. Anthony Pinn and Katie Cannon. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014: 139-152. Peer reviewed.
- “Daughters, Arise: Celebrating African Feminist Christologies,” in the Journal of Africana Religions, Vol. 2, No. 3, Fall 2014: 385-394. Peer Reviewed.
- “What’s Love Got to Do With It?: Lovelessness Within the Sorted-Out City,” in the Journal of Religion, Race, and Ethnicity, January 2014, Vol. 5/Issue One: 1-34. Peer Reviewed.
- “Saving Black America?: A Womanist Analysis of Faith Based Initiatives,” in The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Vol. 33, No. 1, Spring/Summer 2013: 63-81. Peer Reviewed.
- “African American Liberative Ethics” in Ethics: A Liberative Approach, ed. Miguel de la Torre. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013: 109-126.
- “The Ambiguities of Neighbor-Love: Reading ‘Agape’ From the Margins,” in Beyond the Pale: Reading Christian Ethics from the Margins, eds. Miguel de la Torre and Stacey Floyd-Thomas, Westminster John Knox Press, 2011: 161-168.
- “Global Economics and US Public Policy: Prospects on the Means and Ends of Liberation for the Global Poor,” Black Theology: An International Journal, Issue 9:1, June 2011: 9-33. Peer Reviewed.
- “Global Political Economy & Its Neo-Colonial Vices: Postcolonial Theological Reflections on Economic Justice” in Journal of Postcolonial Networks, Vol. V, No. 2, Issue 21, Winter 2011: 1-16.
- “Womanist Theology and Ethics: The Increasing Significance of Class and Poor Black Women,” in Princeton Theological Review, Vol. XV, No. 2, Issue 41, Fall/Winter 2009: 79-90.
- “Forging Community and Communitas: Toward a De-Masculinization of Christology in Black Churches” in Walk Together Children: Black and Womanist Theologies, Churches, and Theological Education, eds. Dwight Hopkins and Linda Thomas, Cascade Books, 2010: 24-42.
- “Theologizing in “Black:” African American Theology and the Doctrine of God,” in The Oxford Handbook of African-American Theology (Publication forthcoming: Anthony Pinn and Katie Cannon, eds.), Oxford University Press, Fall 2013.
- “From Terror to Triumph: A Brief History of African American LIberative Ethics” in Ethics: A Liberative Approach, ed. Miguel de la Torre, ed., Fortress Press, 2012.
- “The Ambiguities of Neighbor-Love: Reading ‘Agape’ From the Margins,” in Beyond the Pale: Reading Christian Ethics from the Margins, eds. Miguel de la Torre and Stacey Floyd-Thomas. Westminster John Knox Press, 2011: 161-168.
Forthcoming Academic Publications
- “Love as Revolutionary Practice: Frederick Douglass and Black Feminist Religious Perspectives,” in Solidarity, Striving, Struggle: The Moral, Political, and Religious Thought of Frederick Douglass. Editors Timothy Golden and Cynthia Nielsen (forthcoming Cambridge University Press, Fall 2016)
- “Rethinking Hope: The Importance of Radical Racial Realism for Womanist Religious Thought” in Racism and Resistance: Essays on Derrick Bell. Ed. Timothy Golden (forthcoming SUNY Press 2016)
- “What You Should Know About the History of Class,” in Just Religion, ed. Anthony Pinn, (forthcoming Macmillian Publishing 2016)
- “Freedom On My Mind: Buddhist-Womanist Dialogue” in Journal of Buddhist-Christian Studies. (forthcoming 2016)
- “Saving Black America?: A Womanist Analysis of Faith Based Initiatives.” Paper given at the Society of Christian Ethics, Washington D.C., 2012.
- “Womanist Pedagogical Horizons: Creative Chaos, Moral Imagination, and Flourishing within Community.” Paper Given at Southwest Regional American Academy of Religion, Dallas, TX, 2011.
- Global Economics and US Public Policy: Prospects on the Means and Ends of Liberation for the Global Poor.” Paper given at the National Society of Christian Ethics, San Jose, CA, 2010.
- “The Role of the Pentecostal Scholar in the Twenty-First Century.” Paper given at the Annual International COGIC Scholars Forum, Memphis, TN, 2009.
- “Black Women & Urban Poverty: Emilie Townes’ Theological Vision of Justice in Developing Prospects Toward a Womanist Political Theology.” Paper given at the Annual American Academy of Religion, Panel Celebrating the Works of Emilie Townes, Chicago, IL, 2008.
Society of Christian Ethics
The American Academy of Religion
Black Religious Scholars
Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society