Curriculum Vitae

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Christian Ethics – Loyola University Chicago: 2006-2011

Master of Divinity – Baylor University: 1999–2002
Magna Cum Laude

Maryknoll Institute of African Studies: Summer 2001, Spring 2004, Summer 2009
MA level coursework in African Studies and African Religions

B.A. in Religious Studies – Gardner-Webb University: 1995-1999
Minor in African Studies, completed in East Africa


AWARDS AND HONORS

 

PUBLICATIONS: Academic

Book

Risky Marriage: HIV and Intimate Relationships in Tanzania, Lexington Books, 2013 (forthcoming).

Journal Articles

“Epistemological Privilege and Collaborative Research: A Reflection on Researching as an Outsider,” (article & film) Practical Matters, (www.practicalmattersjournal.org), May 2013.

“Listening to the Particular through Action Research on HIV and AIDS,” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Roundtable response on to “Charting the Paradigm Shifts in HIV Research: The Contribution of Gender and Religion Studies” by Sarojini Nadar and Isabel Phiri. Vol. 28, No. 2 (2012).

“Hanging out a Red Ribbon: Listening to Musa Dube’s Postcolonial Feminist Theology,” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, Volume 2, Issue 13, December 2011. (http://raceandreligion.com/JRER/Volume_2_(2011).html)

“Acting out Abstinence, Acting out Gender: Adolescent moral agency and abstinence education,” Theology and Sexuality, Vol. 16.2, 2011: 141-159.

“Listening to Experience, Looking Towards Flourishing: Ethnography as a Global Feminist Theo/ethical Praxis,” (article & film) with Edith Chamwama, Eunice Kamaara, Sussy Gumo Kurgat, Damaris Parsitau, Emily Reimer-Barry, Elisabeth Vasko, and Jeanine Viau. Practical Matters, (www.practicalmattersjournal.org), May 2010.

“HIV/AIDS Prevention and Sexed Bodies: Rethinking Abstinence in Light of the African AIDS Pandemic,” Theology and Sexuality, Vol. 15.1, 2009: 27-46.

“Reexamining our Words, Reimagining our Policies: Undocumented Migration, Families, and the Moral Imagination,” Journal of Poverty, Vol. 13, 2009, 1-20.

“The Goods and Evils of a Globalized Context: African and American Women Doing Theology,” with Susan A. Ross and Elisabeth T. Vasko, Concilium International Journal of Theology, 2009/1.

“Missional Worship: Worshiping as Kingdom Communities,” The Chorister, Dec. 2002 / Jan. 2003, Vol. 54 Issue 4, pp. 26-28.

“Faith and Works in the Epistle of James,” Gardner-Webb Review, Gardner-Webb University, 1999.

Book Chapters

“Morality on the Streets: An Examination of the Beliefs and Moral Practice of Street Children in Light of Christianity and African Traditional Religions,” in Ethnography as Christian Theology and Ethics, Christian Scharen & Aana Marie Vigen, eds. Continuum, 2011.

“Your Daughters Shall Prophesy (As Long as They Submit): Pentecostalism and Gender in Global Perspective.” With Andrea Hollingsworth. In The Liberating Spirit: Pentecostals and Social Action in North America, ed. Michael Wilkinson and Steven M. Studebaker. McMaster Divinity College Press; Pickwick, 2011.

Other Academic Publications

Ancient and Contemporary Voices: What Do Christians Think God Thinks About Sex? Christian Ethics Today, Vol. 20, No. 4, Fall 2012.

“Women’s Broken Bodies, God’s Broken Earth,” Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics, July 2012.

“Listening in the Classroom,” Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics, April 2009.

“Hurry Up and Wait,” Africa ’05 Bound Journal. The Center for Christian Ethics, (Baylor University), Spring 2005.

“Things Fall Apart: A Look at Chinua Achebe’s Novel,” Africa ’05 Bound Journal. The Center for Christian Ethics, (Baylor University), Spring 2005.

 

PRESENTATIONS TO CONFERENCES AND PROFESSIONAL GATHERINGS

Academic Papers

Faculty Seminar on research on “Ethnography as Engaged Pedagogy,” Institute of Pastoral Studies, Feb. 13, 2013.

Panel Participant for two panels on “Research Methodologies” and “Research and Social Change,” Society of Christian Ethics “Fieldwork and Ethics Pre-conference,” Chicago, IL, Jan. 3, 2013.

A Faithful Pedagogy of Prevention: Understanding Christian Marriage as both Risk and Hope, Taking Action for Health, Dignity and Justice: The Interfaith Pre-Conference on HIV, Howard University, Washington DC, July 20-21, 2012.

HIV/AIDS and Marriage in East Africa, WATER (Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual) Teleconference, October 10, 2012.

A Faithful Pedagogy of Prevention: Understanding Christian Marriage as both Risk and Hope, American Academy of Religion, Chicago, IL, November 17-20, 2012.

Panel Participant, A Book Discussion of African Sexualities: A Reader, Edited by Sylvia Tamale, 2011, American Academy of Religion, Chicago, IL, November 17-20, 2012.

Panel Participant, Book Discussion: Religion and HIV and AIDS: Charting the Terrain, Edited by Beverley Haddad, 2011, Society of Biblical Literature, Chicago, IL, November 17-20, 2012.

Panel Participant, “Teaching African and African Diaspora Religions,” American Academy of Religion, Chicago, IL, November 17-20, 2012.

Ancient and Contemporary Voices: What Do Christians Think God Thinks About Sex? A [Baptist] Conference on Sexuality and Covenant, Sponsored by Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and Mercer University Center for Theology and Public Life, April 19-21, 2012.

A Collective Ethics of Responsibility as a Tool for Preventing Conflict: Theological Reflections on the Responsibility to Protect, Society of Christian Ethics, Presentation at meeting of Baptist Ethicists, Washington DC, Jan. 6, 2012.

When Marriage Becomes Risky: A Theo-ethical Reflection on Christian Marriage in Light of the Experiences of HIV Positive Women in Tanzania, Society of Christian Ethics, New Orleans, LA, Jan. 8, 2011.

Confidentiality, Stigma and Risk: Listening to the Experiences of HIV Positive Women in Tanzania, Stritch School of Medicine Ethics Grand Rounds, Loyola University Chicago, Dec. 9, 2010.

Confidentiality, Stigma and Risk: Listening to the Experiences of HIV Positive Women in Tanzania, Emory University Center for Ethics, Dec. 6, 2010.

Acting out Abstinence, Acting out Gender: Limits on adolescent moral agency in abstinence-only education, National Women’s Studies Association, Denver, CO, Nov. 13, 2010.

Women’s Agency and the African AIDS Pandemic: Reflections on Gender and Sacrifice by HIV Positive Women in Tanzania, American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 31, 2010.

Researching Religion in Postcolonial Space, African Association for the Study of Religions (AASR) Meeting at the American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 30, 2010.

Risking Life So That Life Will Go On: Understanding relational poverty and health in intimate relationships through the experiences of HIV positive women in Tanzania, Politics, Poverty and Prayer Conference: Global African Spiritualities and Social Transformation, Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2010.

Practicing Postcolonial Feminist Theology Cross-culturally: A Reflection on the Exploring Global Feminist Theologies Pedagogy Project, with Damaris Parsitau, African Association for the Study of Religions, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Jan. 21, 2010.

Nature or Nurture? A theo-ethical evaluation of behavior-based vs. environmental approaches to preventing HIV and AIDS in East Africa, African Association for the Study of Religions, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Jan. 20, 2010.

Pathfinding as Empowerment for African Women, African Women in America (AfWiAm) Discussion series, Loyola University Chicago, May 29, 2009.

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Sexed Bodies: Rethinking Abstinence in Light of the African AIDS Pandemic, Women and Leadership Archives Lecture Series, Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, Chicago, IL, April 16, 2009.

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Sexed Bodies: Rethinking Abstinence in Light of the African AIDS Pandemic, Loyola University Chicago Interdisciplinary Research Symposium for Graduate School Students and Alumni, Chicago, IL, March 21, 2009. (Awarded “Best in Symposium”)

Faith-based Public Health in East Africa, Theology and Ethnography Consultation, Sponsored by Emory University’s Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, March 4, 2009.

Gearing Up: Getting Started in Fieldwork, panel presentation with Aana Marie Vigen and Christian A.B. Scharen, Society of Christian Ethics, Chicago, IL, Jan. 9, 2009.

Love and Sacrifice Through Cross-Cultural Lenses: The Boundaries of Self and Conceptions of Love for African Women, 17th European Conference on Philosophy of Religion, sponsored by the European Society for Philosophy of Religion, Oslo, Norway, Aug. 28-31, 2008.

Sex and Sacred Texts: Creating Emancipatory Speech in the Classroom, Paper given as part of a panel presentation entitled Women’s Studies Meets Theology: Sex and Sacred Texts Take the Stage in the Classroom, with Jeanine Viau, Elizabeth Vasko and Mary Moorman National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, June 19-22, 2008.

The Social Landscape of Stigma: A Postcolonial Feminist Interpretation of the African AIDS Pandemic, National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, Nashville, TN, May 18-20, 2008.

Ethnographic Fieldwork and Ethics, Fieldwork and Ethics Interest Group, Society of Christian Ethics, Jan. 3, 2008.

Embodied Participatory Learning: Engaging African Communal Theology as a Method of Feminist Pedagogy, Presentation by the Women in Theology reading group, sponsored by the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage, Loyola University, Oct. 17, 2007.

What Africa Has to Teach America: Finding Ways to Increase Compassion and Reduce Stigma in Light of the African HIV and AIDS Pandemic, African Association for the Study of Religions, Gaborone, Botswana, Southern Africa, July 8-13, 2007.

Morality on the Streets: An Examination of the Beliefs and Moral Practice of Street Children in Light of Christianity and African Traditional Religions, Loyola- Marquette Colloquium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jan. 27, 2007.

Public Presentations

American Association of University Women guest presentations – Deerfield, IL (April 13, 2013) and Hinsdale, IL (May 21, 2013).

Panel Participant, Seventh Annual Student Leadership Institute conference, Sponsored by the Department of Student Leadership Development (SLD) at Loyola Chicago, January 26, 2013.

Standing in Solidarity with People Living with HIV and AIDS in East Africa, Loyola University Chicago World AIDS Day Event, Nov. 30, 2012.

Publishing Without Perishing While in Grad School, Loyola University Chicago Theology Graduate Student Caucus, Jan. 24, 2011.

Integrating Activism and Academics, panelist, Loyola University Chicago Graduate Service Resource Forum, Nov. 6, 2008.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE & PEDAGOGY TRAINING

Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago

Foundations of Social Justice, Fall 2012, Fall 2013
Diversity & Equity, Spring 2013
Applied Research, Spring 2013
Christian Moral Theology & Ethics, Summer 2013
Guided Study, Factors of HIV/AIDS among Women, Spring 2013
Guided Study, The Syrian Revolution, Spring 2013
Group Guided Study on Technology, Social Media & Activism, Summer 2013
Guided Study, Experiential Learning & Community Engagement, Fall 2013
Guided Study, Privilege and Ethics, Fall 2013

Adjunct Instructor in Christian Ethics, Lexington Theological Seminary

Ethical Forms, Fall 2011
Science and God: Intro to Biomedical Ethics, Spring 2012
Ethical Forms / Bioethics, Summer Intensives, June 2012
Ethics competency exercises – curriculum design, 2011-12

Adjunct Instructor, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University

Ethics, Spring 2012
Missions II, Spring 2012

Adjunct Instructor in Ethics, Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics & Character, Kennesaw State University

Ethical Foundations, Spring 2012

Instructor, Loyola University Chicago

Moral Problems: HIV/AIDS in Global Perspective, Spring 2009

Teaching Assistant, Loyola University Chicago

Christian Marriage and Family, Fall 2006, Patricia Beattie Jung

Pedagogy Training and Related Experience

 

GUEST LECTURES

 

FIELD RESEARCH

Oct. 2009-May 2010: Mwanza, Tanzania – Women’s Agency and the African HIV and AIDS Epidemic
Affiliations: Diocese of Victoria Nyanza (Anglican Church Tanzania) and Saint Augustine University Tanzania

June-July 2009: Mai Mahiu, Kenya – Reflections on Post-election violence from IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) Camps
Affiliation: Maryknoll Institute of African Studies, Loyola University

Feb-May 2009: Chicago, IL – Faith-based abstinence education among college students and young adults
Affiliation: Loyola University

Jan-April 2004: Nairobi, Kenya – Urban refugees and Christian ethics
Affiliation: Maryknoll Institute of African Studies

May-June 2001: Nairobi, Kenya – Street children and religious beliefs
Affiliation: Maryknoll Institute of African Studies

 

PUBLICATIONS: Popular and Church Curriculum

FILM CREDITS

Article and Film, “Epistemological Privilege and Collaborative Research: A Reflection on Researching as an Outsider,” Practical Matters, Issue 6, May 2013 www.practicalmattersjournal.org

Advisory Board Member, You Don’t Live Here Anymore (Documentary in progress), A film by Philister Sidigu.

Director, Ethnography as Feminist Praxis: Spotlight on the Global Feminist Theologies Symposium in Nairobi, Kenya (Documentary). Produced by Sema Films, 2009. Published in Practical Matters Journal Issue 3, Spring 2010 http://www.practicalmattersjournal.org/issue_toc/3

Assistant Story Editor, Love Delivered (Documentary). Sema Films, 2010. http://www.semafilms.com/portfolio/lovedelivered/

Assistant Story Editor, Good Coffee (Documentary), Sema Films, 2009. http://www.semafilms.com/portfolio/goodcoffee/

Director, Embodied Participatory Learning: Engaging African Communal Theology as a Method of Feminist Pedagogy (Documentary). Produced by Sema Films, 2007. http://www.melissabrowning.com/projects/embodied-participatory-learning/

RELATED EXPERIENCE

Loyola University Chicago, Institute of Pastoral Studies: 2012-2014
Assistant Professor
Graduate Program Director, MA in Social Justice and Community Development

Lexington Theological Seminary: Adjunct Instructor in Christian Ethics, May 2011-July 2012

McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University: Adjunct Instructor, Spring 2012

Kennesaw State University, Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics & Character: Adjunct Instructor, Spring 2012

Loyola University Chicago: Aug. 2006 – May 2009

Church of Jesus Christ, Reconciler (Chicago, IL): Sept. 2008 – Jan. 2009

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship / Passport Camps (Birmingham, AL): Aug. 2004 – June 2006

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (Nairobi, Kenya): Jan. 2003 – Sept. 2004

Calvary Baptist Church (Waco, Tx): Preaching Intern, Aug – Dec 2001

Baylor University African Studies Program (Waco, Tx): Recruiting Director – East Africa Semester Abroad, Aug. 1999 – Mar. 2000

Bethany Baptist Church (Gaffney, SC): Minister to Youth and Children, Oct. 1996 – March 1997

 

SERVICE & LEADERSHIP

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Work, study or travel experience in 31 countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Egypt, Malawi, Ethiopia, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Mexico, Canada, Cayman Islands, France, Netherlands, England, Norway, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Lived abroad in Kenya (2 years) and Tanzania (1 year).

International Coordinator and Grant Writer for Loyola University Chicago’s Global Feminist Theologies in Postcolonial Space immersion program in Nairobi, Kenya, Summer 2009. Program funded through the American Academy of Religion, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning, Loyola University Chicago and University of San Diego.

Fifteen years experience working with and leading immersion-based high school, seminary, college, and church programs in East Africa through Africa Exchange, Passport Kenya, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Baylor University, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, and Loyola University Chicago.

 

READING AND RESEARCH GROUPS

Loyola Chicago Women’s Studies Gender Studies Faculty reading group on Jesuit and Feminist Pedagogies, Spring 2013.

Graduate Scholars Program in Women’s Studies, 2008-2009, Women and Human Rights. Sponsored by the Loyola University Chicago Gannon Center for Women and Leadership.

Women in Theology reading group: 2006-2007 (Co-Coordinator): “Feminist Liberationist Pedagogy: At the Intersection of Academic Theological Discourse and Social Action,” and 2007-2008: “Reading Past White Privilege: Listening to Global Women’s Theologies.” Sponsored by the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage.

Religion and Science reading group: Evolutionary Biology and Altruism, 2007-2008 and Neuroscience and Ethics, 2008-2009. Sponsored by the Loyola University Chicago Department of Theology and the Theology Graduate Student Caucus.

 

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