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AAR Women's Mentoring Lunch

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2016 AAR Annual Meeting, San Antonio
Sunday, November 20
11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Michele Saracino, Manhattan College, and Andrea White, Columbia Theological Seminary, Presiding

Sponsored by the Status of Women in the Profession Committee, Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee, and the Women's Caucus

The Status of Women in the Profession Committee, Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee, and the Women's Caucus invite women who are graduate students and new scholars to a luncheon with over thirty womanist, feminist, and LGBTIQ midcareer and senior scholars. Women will have the opportunity to mentor and be mentored in a context where every question is valued.

Registration for the lunch costs $13 per person and is limited to 100 people. Registration for the luncheon is required and can be done while you are registering for the Annual Meeting online. If you have already completed registration, contact

2016 AAR Women’s Mentoring Lunch: Mentors and Self-descriptions

Kecia Ali is Associate Professor of Religion at Boston University. She writes and teaches about early Islamic law; women in classical and contemporary Muslim discourses; and religious biography. Before joining BU’s faculty in 2006, she held research and teaching fellowships at Brandeis University and Harvard Divinity School’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program. She has been active at AAR for over a decade, serving on the Religion and Sexuality steering committee, co-chairing the Study of Islam Section, and serving on the Status of Women in the Profession Committee. She is interested in professional formation for graduate students and junior faculty. Her short guide to Writing a Successful Paper Proposal appears on the AAR’s website and she co-edited the 2nd edition of the Guide for Women in Religion: Making Your Way from A to Z.

Ellen T. Armour currently holds the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Chair in Theology at Vanderbilt Divinity School where she also directs the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Prior to joining the Vanderbilt faculty, she taught at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee for 16 years. She is the author of Signs and Wonders: Theology After Modernity (forthcoming from Columbia University Press), Deconstruction, Feminist Theology, and the Problem Of Difference: Subverting the Race/Gender Divide (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999) and co-editor of Bodily Citations: Judith Butler and Religion (Columbia University Press, 2006). Her research and teaching as a theologian engages theories of race, gender, sexuality, and disability as well as contemporary continental philosophy.

Maria Del Socorro Castañeda-Liles is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. She received her MA and PhD in sociology from University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research, writing, and teaching interests include Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, Sociology of Religion, Lived Religion, Critical Ethnography, Community Studies, Qualitative Methods, and the interlocking of Race, Class, Gender, Religion, & Sexuality. She is currently working on two book projects. The first focuses on Lived Religion particularly Catholic devotion among Latinas and the interlocking of race, class, gender, sexuality, and generation. She draws on multiple qualitative methodologies such as focus groups, in-depth interviews, ethnography, participant observation, and visual documentation (video and photography). The second book titled Portraits of the Dream: The importance of Investing in Undocumented America is a co-edited volume with Dr. Josef Castañeda-Liles, it features the narratives of professionals, artists, academics, and activists who were either formerly undocumented or are currently undocumented and have been public about their status. Her work on devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe among Latinas was recently featured in local and national newspapers including the San Jose Mercury News and the National Catholic Reporter.

Melanie L. Harris is AddRan Administrative Fellow and Associate Professor of Religion and Ethics at Texas Christian University. A former member of the Board of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Christian Ethics, Dr. Harris serves in administration at TCU and is the author of several books and articles including Faith, Feminism and Scholarship: The Next Generation with Kate M. Ott, Gifts of Virtue, Alice Walker and Womanist Ethics and Ecowomanism: Earth Honoring Faiths. Dr. Harris teaches in the areas of Womanist Ethics, Black Feminism, and Racial Justice. She is also a pioneering scholar in Ecowomanism and environmental ethical approach from the perspective of woman of African descent.

Mary E. Hunt, PhD, is a feminist theologian who is co-founder and co-director of the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) in Silver Spring, Maryland. A Catholic active in the women-church movement and on LGBTIQ matters, she lectures and writes on theology and ethics with particular attention to liberation issues. She is an editor of A Guide for Women in Religion: Making Your Way from A to Z (Palgrave, 2004, 2014) and co-editor with Diann L. Neu of New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views (SkyLight Paths, 2010). 

Elaine Padilla is Assistant Professor of Constructive Theology at New York Theological Seminary. Her theological analysis constructively interweaves current philosophical discourse with Christianity, Latin American and Latino/a religious thought, mysticism, ecology, and gender. She is the author of Divine Enjoyment: A Theology of Passion and Exuberance published by Fordham University Press, and co-editor of of a three-volume project with Peter C. Phan, Theology and Migration in World Christianity being published by Palgrave MacMillan. The three volumes are entitled Contemporary Issues of Migration and Theology (2013) and Theology of Migration in the Abrahamic Religions (2014) and Christianities in Migration: The Global Perspective (2015).

Keun-joo Christine Pae is Associate Professor of Religion, Women's and Gender Studies, and Queer Studies at Denison University. As a Christian feminist ethicist, Christine’s academic interests include feminist peacemaking and interfaith spiritual activism, transnationalized militarism with a focus on intersectionality of gender/sexuality, race, class, and citizenship, transnational feminist ethics, and Asian/Asian-American ethics. At Denison and other learned societies, she has mentored international students, female students of color in higher education, 1st generation college students, and pre-tenured faculty of color, especially helping them navigate institutional culture and politics, make successful transitions, and find their scholarly voices. Christine is also an Episcopal priest who is active in the parish ministry. 

Michelene Pesantubbee is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Iowa. She specializes in Native American religious traditions primarily Native American women and religion, Native American religious movements, and Southeastern Native American religious traditions. She has taught at two large public research universities, the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Iowa. For seven years she had a joint appointment at the University of Iowa in Religious Studies and American Indian Native Studies and coordinated the program for three years.  She also has served as a reviewer for the Ford Foundation predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships. She is the author of Choctaw Women in a Chaotic World (University of New Mexico Press, 2005).

Michele Saracino is professor and chair of the religious studies department of Manhattan College Riverdale, New York. She is the author of four books and numerous essays, mostly related to the field of Christian anthropology. Her latest research project is on the spiritual and ecological significance of water and water related practices, including baptism, bathing, and swimming.

Rebecca Todd Peters is a Christian social ethicist who works primarily on globalization, economics and the environment, and reproductive justice. Her latest book Solidarity Ethics: Transformation in a Globalized World was published in 2016. Additional publications include In Search of the Good LIfe: The Ethics of Globalization, Justice in a Global Economy, and To Do Justice: A Guide for Progressive Christians. She is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Poverty and Social Justice at Elon University , a mid-sized historically UCC institution in North Carolina. She would be happy to discuss issues of transitioning from graduate school to a tenure-track position; balancing work, family, and personal life; tenure process; managing a research agenda at an institution committed to teaching excellence; and pedagogy and teaching related issues (including service-learning, engaged learning, and Undergraduate Research).

Angella Son is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Religion at Drew University. She received her doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and was an adjunct professor in New Brunswick Theological Seminary and New York Theological Seminary before she joined the Drew University faculty in 2001. She is an ordained Presbyterian minister and a fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. She has a book, Spirituality of Joy: Moving Beyond Dread and Duty, published in 2013 and has published many book chapters and articles including “Agents of Joy: A New Image of Pastoral Care,” and “Relationality in Kohut’s Psychology of the Self.” She currently serves as the president on the steering committee of the Society for Pastoral Theology, on the executive committee of the AAPC Eastern Region and on the Status of Racial & Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee of AAR. She also serves on the editorial boards for several scholarly juried journals. She is the Director of Korean Pastoral Care and Counseling Program at Blanton Peal Institute and active in training both laity and ministers to promote awareness about mental health issues among and improve mental health in the Korean American.

Theresa Yugar is a Latina feminist theologian. Her areas of expertise are Feminist Theology and Gender in Colonial Latin American history. She is the author of a book, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Feminist Reconstruction of Biography and Text. Currently, she teaches at California State University, Los Angeles in both the Liberal Studies and Chicano Studies departments.

Nargis Virani is currently Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Arabic section coordinator at the New School. Formerly, she taught at the University of British Columbia in Canada and Washington University in St. Louis where she also headed the Arabic language program and served a term as the Director of the Center for Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures. A graduate of Harvard University (PhD 1999), she has widely traveled and studied at many prestigious institutions in the Muslim world such as the University of Jordan in Amman, the Bourguiba Institute in Tunis, and al-Azhar mosque in Cairo. Her research explores intersections between Scripture (The Qur’an) and Literature in a Muslim milieu. She is currently working on two book projects. The first book entitled The Multilingual Rumi will be a book of translations of the entire multilingual corpus of Rumi’s poetry into English discussing the relationship between multilinguality and mystical discourse. The second book, tentatively entitled The Qur’an in Muslim Literary and Mystical Memory, discusses the use of the Qur’an in Muslim secular, religious, and mystico-literary writings. Dr. Virani is the author of articles published in the Encyclopedia of the Qur’an, Voices of Islam, and Comparative Studies of the South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She currently serves on the Steering Committee of the American Academy of Religion’s (AAR) Islam section. She also serves as chair of the AAR’s Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee (REM).

Andrea C. White is Assistant Professor at Union Theological Seminary. She is author of The Back of God: A Theology of Otherness in Karl Barth and Paul Ricoeur; Black Women’s Bodies and God Politics: The Scandal of Flesh (Palgrave Macmillian); and editor of a forthcoming volume, Feminist and Womanist Theologies (Fortress Press). The Scandal of Flesh was awarded both The Louisville Institute Book Grant for Minority Scholars and the Lilly Theological Research Faculty Fellowship from the Association of Theological Schools. She is Executive Director of the Society for the Study of Black Religion and works with The Carter Center’s Human Rights Program. In the American Academy of Religion she is Co-chair of the Black Theology Group, a member of the Theology and Religious Reflection Section and the Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities. Her degrees are from Oberlin College, Yale Divinity School and The University of Chicago. She is an ordained American Baptist minister. She is happy to speak about dissertation writing, transitioning from graduate student to faculty, teaching, research, and writing, how to find a publisher, grant writing, and tenure and promotion.