Melissa Browning, Ph.D.
Atlanta, Georgia USA

Melissa Browning is a theologian, ethicist, and activist who studies congregational and community-based responses to injustice. Melissa teaches at McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University where she is the Assistant Professor of Contextual Ministry. For the past 17 years Melissa’s study and fieldwork has been tied to East Africa. Her recent book, "Risky Marriage: HIV and Intimate Relationships in Tanzania," builds on a year of fieldwork completed in Mwanza, Tanzania where women were asked to re-imagine Christian marriage as a space of safety and health for women. Melissa is also active in death penalty abolitionist work in Georgia and is an ordained Baptist minister.


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Action Research on HIV and AIDS

By on September 10, 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).



This article was an invited contribution to a roundtable on HIV, gender, and religion in Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. The roundtable lead-in, “Charting the Paradigm Shifts in HIV Research: The Contribution of Gender and Religion Studies,” was written by Sarojini Nadar and Isabel Phiri. In my contribution to the discussion I look at the unique ways in which action research can help researchers respond to the HIV and AIDS pandemic by listening to the particular and how this listening is grounded in feminist methodologies. Other contributions to this roundtable include articles by Nyambura J. Njoroge, Margaret A. Farley, Ezra Chitando, and Dora Rudo Mbuwayesango.