Symposium Ethics is happy to announce our new lineup of Featured Contributors. In addition to our Managing Editors, our Featured Contributors will be a regular presence on the site. An impressive collection of emerging scholars, they will write regular features responding to pressing issues of our day as well as contemporary scholarship in Christian Ethics. We believe each of our contributors brings a unique and important voice to contribute to questions of Christian Ethics and the public sphere. Our contributors represent a wide diversity of Christian traditions (including Baptist, Presbyterian, Catholic, and Churches of Christ), professional trajectories, and social identities. In addition, they are engaged in cutting-edge research on issues of religion and politics, Christian nonviolence, feminist theology, political forgiveness, and queer theory (to name only a few). So, without any further ado, please meet our new Featured Contributors!
Bradley Burroughs earned his Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from Emory University. Integrating his research in contemporary Christian ethics, modern social theory, and understandings of virtue, his first book project analyzes competing understandings of politics in contemporary Christian ethics. Brad lives in Dayton, Ohio, and teaches at United Theological Seminary.
Christopher J. Dowdy is a higher education professional at Paul Quinn College. He completed his Ph.D. in Religious Ethics at Southern Methodist University. His research focuses on political forgiveness with special attention given to how communities in the United States remember instances of racist violence.
Melissa Pagán is a doctoral candidate in Religion (Ethics and Society) at Emory University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of feminism, postcolonial studies, Laina/o Studies, and Catholic Social Teaching.
Ben Sanders, III is Assistant Professor of Theology & Ethics at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the joint program of Religious and Theological Studies at the University of Denver and the Iliff School Theology where his dissertation, Traditioning Blackness: a Theo-Ethical Analysis of Black Identity in Black Theology, examines the perpetually transforming nature and role of black identity in black theology. Ben is a member of the American Academy of Religion’s Black Theology Steering Committee and has also served the AAR’s Transformative Pedagogy Consultation and its Graduate Student Committee.
John E. Senior is Director of the Art of Ministry and Assistant Teaching Professor of Ethics and Society for the School of Divinity at Wake Forest University and an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). His book, A Theology of Political Vocation: Christian Life and Public Office, was published in 2015.
Myles Werntz is Assistant Professor of Biblical & Theological Studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University. His research interests lie at the intersection of the doctrine of the church and ethics, helping Christians to understand the deep connection between their corporate lives as Christians and their witness in society. He is the author of Bodies of Peace: Nonviolence, Ecclesiology, and Witness (2014), as well as several other chapters and articles on ecclesiology, war and peace, and Christian witness.
Thelathia “Nikki” Young is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Religion at Bucknell University. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University, an M.Div. and Th.M. from Candler School of Theology, and a B.A. from UNC-Asheville. Nikki is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the Society for Christian Ethics, a co-convener of the LGBT and Queer Studies Group within the Society for Christian Ethics, co-chair of the Queer Studies in Religion Group in the American Academy of Religion, and a member of the LGBTIQ Persons in the Profession Task Force in AAR. Nikki is currently working on her manuscript, Indecent Family: Black Queers, Ethics, and Imagination.
Keep your eyes open in the coming days for our first post from a featured contributor!