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Oluwatomisin Oredein

Assistant Professor in Black Religious Traditions, Constructive Theology and Ethics


Phone: 817-257-5809


Dr. Oluwatomisin Oredein joined Brite Divinity School in 2019 as Assistant Professor in Black Religious Traditions, Constructive Theology and Ethics. She also serves as Director of the Black Church Studies Program. In 2021, Dr. Oredein received The Louise Clark Brittan Endowed Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. The Brittan Award is given by the student body to recognize superlative teaching performance.

Dr. Oredein is a graduate of The University of Virginia (BA) and Duke Divinity School (MDiv). She completed her ThD at Duke in Theology and Ethics in May 2017. Her dissertation examined the theology and ethics of Mercy Oduyoye, which is the first time someone has focused this kind of attention on this theologian. In order to follow up on this work, she is in the process of completing a book which is tentatively titled, Mercy, Me: The Theo-Feminism of Mercy Amba Oduyoye. In addition, Dr. Oredein has contributed several articles to academic and professional journals, chapters and essays in edited volumes, and has published several pieces of poetry. She is already taking leadership in the academy and guild by providing lectures and presentations at meetings and has participated in workshops at the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Religion and Theology.

Dr. Oredein is a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church, USA.


  • Th.D., Duke Divinity School

  • M.Div., Duke Divinity School

  • B.A., University of Virginia

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Christian Ethics

  • Womanist Theology and Ethics

  • Black Church Traditions and Cultures

  • The Salvation of Words: Christian Theology and Black Women’s Poetry

  • African (Im)Migrant Identity and Christian Identity in the U.S.

  • Decolonizing Christian Discourse: Approaches to Liberating Theology and Church Practice

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Academy of Religion

  • Society of Christian Ethics

  • Fellowship of Protestant Ethics

  • Society for the Study of Black Religion

  • Arts, Religion, & Culture

  • National Women's Studies Association

  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs

Select Publications:

  • The Theology of Mercy Amba Oduyoye: Ecumenism, Feminism, and Communal Practice. (Released in 2023; Winner of the Notre Dame Press First Time Author Award)

  • In Color: Embodied Approaches to Theopoetics (Eerdmans, 2024)

  • Making a Human: A Theological Ethic of Care (Eerdmans, 2025)