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(p. viii) List of Contributors

(p. viii) List of Contributors

Denise M. Ackermann is Emeritus Professor of the Department of Religion and Theology, University of the Western Cape in Belleville, South Africa, and has been a visiting professor of practical theology at the University of Stellenbosch. She has written on racism and apartheid, women's issues, and the AIDS crisis in Africa. Her books include After the Locusts: Letters from a Landscape of Faith (2003), Tamar's Cry: Re-reading an Ancient Text in the Midst of an HIV/AIDS Pandemic (2002), and Women Hold Up Half the Sky: Women in the Church in South Africa (co-authored 1991).

Marcella Althaus-Reid (1952–2009) was the Chair of Contextual Theology at New College, University of Edinburgh, and the first woman professor of theology at the college in its 160-year history. Born in Argentina, she studied at ISEDET, Buenos Aires, and St. Andrew's University Scotland. Her work focused on Liberation and feminist theologies, as well as theology and sexuality. Her books include Controversies in Body Theology and Controversies in Feminist Theology (both co-edited with Lisa Isherwood, 2007), From Feminist Theology to Indecent Theology (2004), The Queer God (2003), and Indecent Theology (2000).

Elizabeth Amoah is a professor in the Department for the Study of Religion, University of Ghana, where she has been teaching since 1979. She is a founding member of The Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians (Circle).

María Pilar Aquino is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. She has served as the first woman president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, of which she is also a co-founder. Both nationally and internationally, she serves on the editorial board of prominent theological journals. Her scholarly endeavors evolve in the area of Liberation theologies and ethics, with a special focus on critical feminist theological method and hermeneutics, and with a research interest in the emerging fields of intercultural and peace-building studies. In addition to her many journal essays, book chapters, and three authored books, she has more recently co-edited The Return of the Just War (2001), A Reader in Latina Feminist Theology: Religion and Justice (2002), Reconciliation in a World of Conflicts (2003), and Feminist Intercultural Theology: Latina Explorations for a Just World (2007).

Ellen T. Armour is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Chair in Feminist Theology and Director of the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality at the Divinity (p. ix) School and Graduate Department of Religion of Vanderbilt University. Her research interests are in feminist theology, theories of sexuality, race, gender, disability and embodiment, and contemporary continental philosophy. She is the author of Deconstruction, Feminist Theology, and the Problem of Difference: Subverting the Race/Gender Divide (1999) and co-editor of Bodily Citations: Judith Butler and Religion (2006), as well as author of a number of articles and book chapters.

Nancy E. Bedford completed her doctorate of theology at Tübingen, and is now the Georgia Harkness Professor of Applied Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and Profesora Extraordinaria No Residente, Instituto Universitario ISEDET in Buenos Aires. She is the author or editor of five books, most recently La porfía de la resurrección: Ensayos desde el feminismo teológico latinoamericano (2008). Among her research interests are global feminist theory and theologies, Latino/Latina and Latin American theologies, theology in migration, food and theology, and rearticulating classical doctrinal loci from the perspective of critical and poetic reason. She is a member of a Mennonite church.

Teresa Berger is Professor of Liturgical Studies at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School. She holds doctorates in both systematic theology and liturgical studies, and her scholarly interests lie at the intersection of those fields with gender theory and with cultural studies. She has written extensively on liturgy and women's lives and produced, in 2007, a video documentary called Worship in Women's Hands. Her publications include Women's Ways of Worship: Gender Analysis and Liturgical History (1999), Dissident Daughters: Feminist Liturgies in Global Context (2001), Fragments of Real Presence: Liturgical Traditions in the Hands of Women (2005), and, most recently, Gender Differences and the making of Liturgical History: Lifting a Veil Liturgy's Pas (2011).

Sheila Briggs is Associate Professor, School of Religion, University of Southern California.

Tui Cadigan is a member of the Sisters of Mercy, Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand, and is one of only two members of the order who are of Māori descent. She is the delegate for Māori Religious on Te Runanga o Te Hahi Katorika ki Aotearoa (National Catholic Maori Council), and a member of the Taumata group of Catholic Māori developing a contextual Māori theology. Sister Cadigan studied at the University of Auckland, where she focused on the experiences of Māori women religious and the need for change from a Māori perspective. She has contributed to Land and Place: He Whenua, He Wahi: Spiritualities from Aotearoa New Zealand (2004) and Overcoming Violence in Aotearoa, New Zealand: A Contribution of the World Council of Churches Decade to Overcome Violence 2001–2010 (2002).

Musa W. Dube is Professor of the New Testament at the University of Botswana. She is the author and editor of a number of journal articles, book chapters, and books. Her (p. x) books include Postcolonial Feminist Interpretation of the Bible (2000) and The HIV/AIDS Bible: Selected Essays (2008).

An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Mary McClintock Fulkerson is Professor of Theology at Duke University Divinity School. She also teaches in the Duke Women's Studies Program. Her first book, Changing the Subject: Women's Discourses and Feminist Theology, examined the liberating practices of non-feminist church women and feminist academics through the lens of poststructuralism and Marxist/feminist literary criticism. Her recent book, Places of Redemption: Theology for a Worldly Church, explores the practices of an inter-racial church (United Methodist) that includes people with disabilities. In contrast with theology's typical focus on beliefs, this project offers a theory of practices and place that foregrounds the affective reactions and communications that shape all groups, particularly around perceptions of ‘otherness’.

Lisa Isherwood is a liberation theologian who believes theology to be a communal project fuelled by notions of radical equality and empowered by divine companionship. Her work explores the nature of incarnation within a contemporary context and includes such areas as the body, gender, sexuality, and eco-theology. She has written, co-authored, or edited seventeen books, including Liberating Christ (1999), Introducing Feminist Christologies (2001), The Power of Erotic Celibacy (2006), Transgressions (2007), Patriarchs, Prophets and Other Villains (ed., 2007), and The Fat Jesus: Feminist Explorations in Boundaries (2007). She has been series editor of five international series: Introductions in Feminist Theology, Theology, Gender and Spirituality, Religion and Violence, and (with Marcella Althaus-Reid), Controversies in Contextual Theology and Queer Theology. Professor Isherwood is an executive editor and founding editor of the international journal Feminist Theology. From 2007 to 2009 she was Vice President of the European Society of Women in Theological Research

Serene Jones became the first woman president of Union Theological Seminary, New York, in 2008, where she is also the Roosevelt Professor of Systematic Theology. She studied at Yale University and is an ordained minister in both the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. Prior to her current appointment, she was Titus Street Professor of Theology and Chair of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale Divinity School. Her books include Feminist Theory and Theology: Cartographies of Grace (2000) and Calvin and the Rhetoric of Piety (1995), and she has co-edited Feminist and Womanist Essays in Reformed Dogmatics (2006), Constructive Theology: A Contemporary Engagement with Classical Themes (2005), Liberating Eschatology: Essays in Honor of Letty Russell (1999), and Setting the Table: Women in Theological Conversation (1995).

Namsoon Kang is Associate Professor of World Christianity and Religions at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, USA. Her expertise is in Constructive Theology, postcolonialism, postmodernism, feminism, and world religions. She has been actively involved in global ecumenical and peace movement and was one of the plenary speakers at the 9th Assembly of WCC at Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 2006. She is the author of ‘Who/What is (p. xi) Asian? A Postcolonial Theological Reading of Orientalism and Neo-Orientalism’, in Catherine Keller et al. (eds), Postcolonial Theologies: Divinity and Empire (2004), as well as numerous articles and books in both English and Korean. She is currently the acting president of WOCATI (World Conference of Associations of Theological Institutions). Additional information about her is available at

Azza M. Karam serves at the United Nations Development Program where she has been Senior Policy Research Advisor in the Regional Bureau for Arab States, and Special Advisor on Middle East and Islamic Affairs to the Secretary General of and the Director of Women's Programs at the World Conference of Religions for Peace International. She has also worked at International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, and the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict at the Queens University of Belfast. Her experience spans the fields of multi-religious collaboration, international gender issues, democratization, human rights, conflict, and political Islam. Her books include Transnational Political Islam: Religion, Ideology, and Power (2004), A Woman's Place: Religious Women as Public Actors (2001), and Women, Islamisms and the State: Contemporary Feminisms in Egypt (1998).

Zayn Kassam's interest in globalization arose out of an engagement with environmental issues. She is an associate professor of religious studies at Pomona College and associate faculty at the School of Religion at Claremont Graduate University. A specialist in Islam, she teaches courses on gender, mysticism, philosophy, and literature within the Islamic context, as well as a course on religion and the environment. A two-time winner of the Wig Award for Distinguished Teaching at Pomona College, she has also won the American Academy of Religion's National Award for Teaching Excellence. She is the author of the volume on Islam in the series titled Introduction to the World's Major Religions, as well as articles on gender, pedagogical issues in teaching Islam, and philosophical and ethical issues.

Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, PhD, is Professor of Theology and Women's Studies, and Director of Women's Studies, Shaw University Divinity School, and an ordained minister in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. She has written and edited over twenty books, has published numerous articles, is series editor for Women and Religion Series, Greenwood/Praeger Press, and is co-editor for The Africana Bible. Featured in Malka Drucker's White Fire: A Portrait of Women Spiritual Leaders in America (2003), Kirk-Duggan is known for her 6 P's: professor, preacher, priest, prophet, poet, and performer. An athlete, she resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her beloved husband, Mike.

Maricel Mena López, Doctor in Biblical Literature, is Visiting Professor at the Universidad Pontificia Javeriana, Cali, Colombia.

Philomena Njeri Mwaura, PhD, is a senior lecturer at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya, where she teaches in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. She is a former president of the International Association for Mission Studies.

(p. xii) Melissa Raphael is Professor of Jewish Theology at the University of Gloucestershire, UK. Her research interests have focused on post-Christian feminism, Jewish feminist theology, and Jewish religious aesthetics. She is the author of a number of studies, including Theology and Embodiment: The Post-Patriarchal Reconstruction of Female Sacrality (1996), Rudolf Otto and the Concept of Holiness (1997), The Female Face of God in Auschwitz: A Jewish Feminist Theology of the Holocaust (2003), and Judaism and the Visual Image: A Jewish Theology of Art (2009).

Neela Bhattacharya Saxena is an associate professor of English at Nassau Community College, New York. She teaches English, American, and South Asian Literature, as well as courses in Women's Studies and multidisciplinary history of ideas. Her publications include In the Beginning Is Desire: Tracing Kali's Footprints in Indian Literature (2004); ‘Gaia Mandala: An Eco-Thealogical Vision of the Indic Shakti Tradition in InterCulture’; ‘The Fun House Mirror of Tantric Studies: A Rejoinder to David White's Kiss of the Yogini in Evam’; and ‘Color of God: Resplendent Clay of Hinduism as the Glow of the Ineffable’, in Living Our Religions (2008).

Andrea Smith is an assistant professor in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside. She studied at Union Theological Seminary and University of California—Santa Cruz. She currently serves as the US Coordinator for the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians and is a co-founder of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence. She recently completed a report for the United Nations on Indigenous Peoples and Boarding Schools. Professor Smith's primary area of expertise covers issues of violence against women of color, especially Native American women. Her publications include Native Americans and the Christian Right: The Gendered Politics of Unlikely Alliances (2008) and Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide (2005). She is also the editor of The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Nonprofit Industrial Complex (2009) and co-editor of The Color of Violence, The Incite! Anthology (2006).

Kathryn Tanner is the Frederick Marquard Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School. She obtained her doctorate from the Religious Studies Department of Yale University, where she taught for ten years before joining the University of Chicago faculty in 1994. Her work employs interdisciplinary methods for rethinking the character of Christian belief and practice. She is the author of six books, including The Politics of God (1992), Theories of Culture: A New Agenda for Theology (1997), and Economy of Grace (2005).

Thandeka is the founder of Affect Theology, the study of human emotions that guide, direct, and prioritize religious beliefs, creedal claims, and liturgical practices. Author of The Embodied Self: Friedrich Schleiermacher's Solution to Kant's Problem of the Empirical Self (1995) and Learning to be White: Money, Race and God in America (1999), Thandeka's current book project is a formal introduction to Affect Theology. She has (p. xiii) taught at Meadville Lombard Theological School, Williams College, Harvard Divinity School, and Brandeis University, and has been a visiting scholar at Union Theological Seminary and the Center for Process Studies, as well as a fellow at Stanford University's Humanities Center. An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and theologian, she was given the !Xhosa name Thandeka, which means ‘beloved’, by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1984.

María Cristina Ventura (Tirsa) is a feminist theologian and biblical scholar who currently teaches in the Departamento Ecuménico de Investigaciones at the Universidad De La Salle, San José, Costa Rica. After completing her doctoral studies at the Universidad Metodista en Sao Paulo, she became Professor of New Testament in the Instituto Teológico de Santo Andrés, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and then a professor of the Old Testament at the Universidad Bíblica Latinoamericana. She is the member of Red Bíblica Latinoamericana y de Ribla and Asociación de Teólogas Latinoamericanas y Latinas en Estados Unidos. In addition to several articles, she is author of ‘Cuerpos Peregrinos: un estudio de género, clase y etnia de los Salmos 120–134’ (Pilgrim Bodies: A Study of Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in Psalms 120–134).

Elina Vuola, Doctor of Theology, is the Professor of Latin American studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She did her dissertation in 1997 on the methodological premises of Latin American liberation theology and feminist theory, with a specific focus on issues of sexual ethics in the context of widespread poverty in predominantly Catholic Latin America. In 2002–3 she worked as a visiting scholar and research associate at the Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School. Her current research is on Costa Rican Catholic women's interpretations of the Virgin Mary in relation to Latin American feminist theorizing about religion in general and Catholicism in particular. Some of her publications in English are Limits of Liberation: Feminist Theology and the Ethics of Poverty and Reproduction (2002) and ‘Seriously Harmful for Your Health? Religion, Feminism and Sexuality in Latin America’, in Marcella Althaus-Reid (ed.), Liberation Theology and Sexuality (2006), both of which are also translated into Spanish. Her latest research has been published as ‘Patriarchal Ecumenism, Feminism, and Women´s Religious Experiences in Costa Rica’, in Hanna Herzog and Ann Braude (Eds), Gendering Religion and Politics: Untangling Modernities (2009).

Sharon D. Welch is Provost and Professor of Religion and Society at Meadeville-Lombard Unitarian Universalist Seminary in Chicago. Her work has focused on ethics, peace initiatives, and multicultural education. She is the author of four books: After Empire: The Art and Ethos of Enduring Peace (2004), A Feminist Ethic of Risk (1990), Sweet Dreams in America: Making Ethics and Spirituality Work (1998), and Communities of Resistance and Solidarity: A Feminist Theology of Liberation (1985). She is currently a member of the International Steering Committee of Global Action to Prevent War.