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Pacific School of Religion welcomes Dr. Susan Abraham as new Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty

Dr. Susan AbrahamWe are delighted to announce that Dr. Susan Abraham will serve as PSR’s next Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, starting in the fall of 2017.

Dr. Abraham’s extensive scholarship is innovative and reflects PSR’s commitment to academic excellence that is engaged with the church and the world. She is an accomplished scholar and teacher and brings a breadth of experience as a scholar, administrator, and committed justice advocate.

Dr. Abraham’s teaching and research explores postcolonial and feminist theological practices. She is the author of Identity, Ethics, and Nonviolence in Postcolonial Theory: A Rahnerian Theological Assessment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and co-editor of Shoulder to Shoulder: Frontiers in Catholic Feminist Theology (Fortress, 2009). She brings wide experience and knowledge of higher education and institutional practices through her past affiliations with St. Bonaventure University, Harvard Divinity School (where she taught and served as Associate Director for the Center for the Study of World Religions), and Loyola Marymount University (where she currently serves as chair of the Department of Theological Studies). Her publications and presentations weave practical theological insights from her experience of working as a youth minister in Mumbai, India, with theoretical perspectives from postcolonial theory, cultural studies, and feminist theory. Ongoing research projects include issues in feminist theological education and formation, theology and race, interfaith and interreligious peace initiatives, theology, political and economic theory, religion and media, and Christianity between colonialism and postcolonialism. She holds a BA and an MA in English from the University of Mumbai, an MA in Theology at the Catholic Theological Union, and a doctorate in Theology from Harvard Divinity School.

We look forward to Dr. Abraham’s visits to campus this spring, including her participation in the Earl/Boswell Lectures, “Borders and Identity,” on March 17-18.

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