I am a Feminist Theologian who works at the intersection of feminism/gender studies, Catholic theology, and science (especially evolutionary biology). I love pursuing theological questions using the tools of interdisciplinary research. At Gannon, I teach Foundations of Theology and Christian Morality, where we explore some of the most central and fundamental concepts in Theology, as well as their practical application in moral living. I also teach Comparative Theology (focused on Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) and Christology.
I grew up in Southern California (LA County) and did my undergraduate degree and teaching credential there. After undergrad, I taught high school English and Theology for five years in Pasadena, CA. In 2012, I moved to Boston to do a Masters of Divinity at Boston College. While in Boston, I fell in love with Theology and decided to pursue doctoral studies. In 2015, I moved to Oxford (UK) to do my doctorate in Theology at the University of Oxford. My doctoral research focused on the doctrine of original sin and its intersections with notions of sexual difference and evolution. This research was published as my first book in December 2022 with Oxford University Press (Original Sin and the Evolution of Sexual Difference). I also met my husband in Oxford and we have a little daughter named Aubrey.
After completing my doctorate in 2019, I did a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Nottingham (also in the UK) investigating the theological relevance of scientific approaches to beauty. Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation (Grant #62619), this research is ongoing for me, and it will provide the material for my second book.
I'm thrilled to be at Gannon, and my family and I have been enjoying exploring Erie!