Amaryah Shaye graduated from Candler School of Theology with a Masters of Theological Studies and a love of interdisciplinary scholarship. Currently her interests circulate around race, place, and desire as theological productions of modernity. She is especially interested in how Christian theological articulations of place and desire rely on racialization and White supremacy for the cultivation of affective capacities.
Brandy Daniels is a PhD student (currently studying for comprehensive exams!) in theological studies at Vanderbilt University. Her research interests center around questions of theological anthropology at the intersections of systematic theology, critical theory, ethics, and identity. More specifically, she is interested in exploring ways in which theological discourse has operated as a site of knowledge production towards problematic constructions of gender, sexuality, and race and how, in light of such constructions, theological discourse can be liberative.
E Lawrence is currently a PhD candidate in systematic theology. Her academic interests include theological anthropology, specifically theologies of disability, and feminist and womanist theologies; the intersection of ethics and systematics regarding love of God, love of neighbor, and love of self; the relationship between suffering and oppression and the cross; and embodiment and the doctrine of the resurrection of the body. And, as Netflix informs her, she also enjoys “TV shows with a strong female lead.”
Elissa is a doctoral candidate in historical theology at Saint Louis University who focuses primarily on seventeenth-century French Catholicism. Presently, her research looks at the writings of Angélique Arnauld, the abbess of the Jansenist convent of Port-Royal, and argues that her sacramental and ecclesiological contributions qualify her to be considered a theologian just as much as the more well known male figures of the movement. Although trained historically, Elissa is interested in wider questions related to religion in France, ecclesiology, authority, and sacramentology.
Janice Rees is the Director of studies in Systematic Theology at Trinity Theological College in Brisbane, Australia. She completed a doctorate in systematic theology at Charles Sturt University (Sydney) in 2013. Her research is focused on the relationship between systematic theology and feminist theology / gender theory. She is interested in exploring the ways historical Christian faith provides resources for responding to the complex contemporary questions of gender and difference. In particular, she seeks to highlight the significance of classical doctrine –such as the doctrine of creation, sin, and the Trinity – in responding to contemporary philosophical challenges, while critiquing the systematic discipline for its ongoing indifference towards embodied difference.
Julia is currently a PhD candidate in systematic theology at the University of Notre Dame. She has academic interests in Mary, virginity, Teresa of Avila, trauma, mysticism, and the work of Edward Schillebeeckx.
Katie Grimes is currently a PhD candidate at Boston College in theological ethics. Katie’s academic interests include liberation theologies, working out an anti-white privilege praxis for the church, a critical retrieval of natural law theory, and sexual ethics.
Maria Gwyn McDowell holds a doctorate in Theological Ethics from Boston College. She is feminist, a student of liberation theology, and a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church. It is her life-long participation in Orthodoxy that motivates her to advocate for the ministry of Orthodox women, in particular, their ordination. Orthodoxy is her home, her joy, her love, and her abiding frustration and so she attempts to speak from within its theological framework.
Sonja is a Ph.D. candidate in New Testament at Yale University with interests in late ancient Christianity. She enjoys thinking about early biblical interpretation, the eucharist, bodies, saints, war, liturgy, and the intersection of historical studies and “theology proper.”