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Lisa Powell

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Associate Professor

Women and Gender Studies

Main Campus
Christ the King Chapel, LC 113
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803


On Sabbatical Spring 2017

Dr. Powell's CV (pdf)

Dr. Powell's teaching and research in Christian theology investigates the perspectives of non-dominant groups on theological method and doctrine. Her courses consider feminist theology, black liberation theology, post-colonial theology, Latin American liberation theology, and contributions from disability studies, among others.

She has studied Christian action related to immigration and life on the borderlands while residing in Nogales, Mexico. She is also a member of the faculty of the Women and Gender Studies department. She enjoys planning trips, getting outdoors, finding ways to use the harvest from her family garden, and hosting poetry readings.

Dr. Powell was the first-place winner of the Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza New Scholar Award. She also presents regularly at national and regional meetings of the American Academy of Religion. Dr. Powell serves as Book Review Editor for Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics.


Education and Training

PhD, MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
Systematic Theology

BA, Point Loma Nazarene University


Courses Taught

THEO 120 Introduction to Christian Faith
THEO 125 Racial Justice and the Christian Faith
WI-THEO 321 Theologies of Liberation
THEO 324 Women Theologians
THEO 326 Beginnings and Endings: Christian Teaching on Creation and Eschatology


Areas of Professional Interest

  • Systematic Theology
  • Feminist theology
  • Latin American liberation theology
  • Global and post-colonial theology
  • Disability theology
  • Theology and race



Inconclusive Theologies: Sor Juana, Kierkegaard, and Theological Discourse, Mercer: Mercer University Press, 2013.

Journal Articles:
"The Infertile Womb of God: Ableism in Feminist Doctrine of God," CrossCurrents Journal 64 No. 1 (2015): 116-38.

"Sor Juana's Critique of Theological Arrogance," The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 27 No. 2 (2011).



Baecke Endowment for the Humanities - Chair
Ambrosian Women for Social Justice - Board Member
Diversity Work Group - Committee Member
Race Matters Project Series - 2012-13, Coordinator