Gender, Family, & Feminism


2004-2007, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Harvard Divinity School
(Visiting Lecturer on Ethics)
Courses taught:
Gender, Altruism, and the Family
What Is the Family?: Religious and Ethical Perspectives


2003-2004, CENTER FOR THE INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDY OF RELIGION, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA (Spruill Fellow) Participant and researcher in an interdisciplinary project on “The Child in Law, Religion, and Society.” Managing editor of an anthology of primary sources and analysis of sex, marriage, and family in six world religions.

1997-1998, 1999-2002, PARK RIDGE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF HEALTH, FAITH, AND ETHICS, Chicago, IL (Research Assistant, then Research Associate) Religion, Sexuality, and Public Policy: Co-edited collection of scholarly essays jointly authored a resource guide on issues of sexuality in world religions and American religious denominations. Funded by the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. Religion Counts: Observed United Nations debates on population, reproduction, and gender for a project on the role of religion at the United Nations. Funded by the Better World Fund. Religion and Civil Discourse Project: Facilitated interfaith discussion groups and researched issues pertaining to religion, civil discourse, and reproductive health at the 1994 United Nations International Conference on Population and Development at Cairo.

1996-1999, 2002-2003, RELIGION, CULTURE, AND FAMILY PROJECT, The Divinity School, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (Project Coordinator) Managed preliminary research, production company search, and consultations of family experts for the documentary “Marriage: Just a Piece of Paper?,” broadcast nationwide by PBS on Valentine’s Day 2002. Directed educational outreach for project at the 3rd annual Smart Marriages conference convened by the Coalition for Marriage Family and Couples Education. Conducted research on religion and family law for the book Marriage, Health, and the Professions: If Marriage Is Good for You, What Does this Mean for Law, Medicine, Ministry, Therapy, and Business? Co-coordinated the national conference “Religion and the American Family Debate: Deeper Understandings, New Directions” in Chicago, September 1996.



Fatherhood and Feminism: Justice, Care, and Gender in the Family (manuscript in progress)

Editor with John Witte, Jr., and Amy Wheeler, The Equal Regard Family and Its Friendly Critics (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007).

Editor with Don S. Browning and John Witte, Jr., Sex, Marriage, and Family in World Religions (New York: Columbia University Press, 2006).

Editor with Steven Ellingson, Religion, Sexuality, and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (New York: Routledge, 2002).

With Paul Numrich, Religious Perspectives on Sexuality: A Resource Guide (Chicago: Park Ridge Center, 2001).

Chapters and Articles

“Love, Friendship, and the Sacred in Today’s World,” Il Silenzio del Sacro: La demensione religiosa nei rapporti interculturali (Colle di Val d’Elsa: Fondazione Intercultura Onlus, November 2017), 175-189.

“From Third Wave to Third Generation: Feminism, Faith, and Human Rights,” in Feminism, Law, and Religion, Marie A. Failinger, Elisabeth R. Schiltz, and Susan Stabile, eds. (forthcoming Ashgate Publishing, July 2013), 141-171.

“‘There but for the Grace’: The Ethics of Bystanders to Divorce” (New York: Center for Public Conversation, 2012)

“Christianity and the Rights of Women,” in John Witte, Jr., and Frank S. Alexander, eds., Christianity and Human Rights: An Introduction (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 302-319.

“From Saint Martha to Hurricane Katrina: A Feminist Theopolitical Ethic of Hospitality,” in Feminism and Hospitality, Maurice Hamington, ed. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2010), 91-106.

“Fatherhood, Feminism, and Family Altruism,” in The Equal Regard Family and Its Friendly Critics, John Witte, Jr., M. Christian Green, and Amy Wheeler eds. (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007), 69-94.
“Family’s Changing Terrain,” Harvard Divinity Bulletin 34(2-3) (Spring/Summer 2007): 85-88.

“Between Vulnerability and Agency: An Interdisciplinary Look at the Status and Value of Children,” Journal of Religion 86 (2006): 658-68.

“Negotiating the Middle Way in the American Family Debate,” Criterion 5(3) (Autumn 1996): 10-19.

Book Reviews

“Family Values: The Continuing Concern for Religious Ethics,” Review of Water is Thicker than Blood: An Augustinian Theology of Marriage and Singleness, by Jana Bennett, Equality and the Family: A Fundamental Practical Theology of Children, Mothers, and Fathers in Modern Societies, Don S. Browning, and The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought by Brent Waters, 30(2) Journal of the Society for Christian Ethics (Fall/Winter 2010): 223-227.

Review of On Law and Chastity, by Robert E. Rodes, Jr., Journal of Law and Religion 23(2) (2007/08): 759-62.

Review of Living Together in Christian Ethics, by Adrian Thatcher, Journal of Religion 83(3) (July 2003): 489-90.

Review of Biblical Religion and Family Values: A Problem in the Philosophy of Culture, by Jay Newman, Journal of Religion 84(4) (October 2002): 663-64.

“The Goods of Marriage,” review of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially, by Linda J. Waite and Maggie Gallagher, Second Opinion 5 (March 2001)

“Family as Domestic Church,” review of Family: A Christian Social Perspective, by Lisa Sowle Cahill, Second Opinion 4 (December 2000).

“Feminism’s Surprising Ally,” review of Feminist Ethics and Natural Law: The End of the Anathemas, by Cristina L.H. Traina, Second Opinion 2 (January 2000).

Blog Posts

“Inequality, Masculinity, and Modernity,” Contending Modernities: Catholic, Muslim, Secular (Notre Dame, IN: Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, March 7, 2011).

“Truth and Reconciliation Amidst Sexual Violence,” Contending Modernities: Catholic, Muslim, Secular (Notre Dame, IN: Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, March 1, 2011).

“Relationships and Recognition,” at The Immanent Frame (New York: Social Science Research Council, 2007).


“Love, Friendship, and the Sacred in Today’s World”. Workshop lecture at the international conference, “The Unspoken Sacred: The Religious Dimension of Intercultural Dialogue,” convened by the Fondazione Intercultura onlus in Bari, Italy, April 1, 2017.

“Religion and Gender in the Balkan Genocides: Unlearned Lessons for 21st Century Conflicts.” Paper presented to the Religion, Holocaust, and Genocide Group at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 22, 2015.

“There But for the Grace: The Ethics of Bystanders to Divorce,” Presentation to the Center for Marriage and Families/Institute for American Values, May 2009.

“The American Way of Death: Aging, Death, and Dying in an Era of Family Fragmentation,” Presentation at the conference “For Children’s Sake: A Summit on Marriage and Family,” sponsored by the Supreme Court of Georgia/Institute for American Values, November 19, 2008.

“Truth, Identity, and Recognition: An Overview of Sexuality in Law, Religion, and Society Today,” Opening plenary keynote to the Boston Theological Institute at the conference on “Covenant, Commitment, and Sexuality,” Andover Newton Theological Seminary, Newton Centre, MA, June 16, 2008.

“From Martha to Katrina: Prospects for a Feminist Ethic of Hospitality,” Paper presented at annual meeting of the National Women’s Studies Association, June 29, 2007.

“Evolution, Cooperation, and Gender,” Presentation and panel discussion before the Evolution and Theology of Cooperation Project, Harvard University, April 12, 2007.

“The Gender of Altruism: Between Necessity and Virtue,” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics, January 7, 2007.

Breakfast with an Author Discussion of Sex, Marriage, and Family in World Religions, Society of Christian Ethics, January 6, 2007.

“Toward a Feminist Hermeneutic of Fatherhood,” Paper presented at the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion, Emory University School of Law, November 10, 2003.

“Normativity, Interdisciplinarity, and the Search for Values in Family Law Casebooks,” Paper presented at the International Society of Family Law, North American Regional Conference, University of Oregon School of Law, June 27, 2003.

“The Search for Values in the Family Law Casebook,” Seminar paper presented at the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, The Divinity School, The University of Chicago, December 5, 2001.

“Strange Bedfellows: Vatican and Islamic Constructions of Gender Identity at Cairo and Beijing,” Paper presented at the Sawyer Seminar on Religion, Law, and the Construction of Identities, The Franke Institute for the Humanities, The University of Chicago, February 1997.