Lisa Powell, PhD

Professor | Department Chair

Dr. Powell's teaching and research in Christian theology investigate 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.

Dr. Powell has several leadership roles on campus, including Interim Director of the Women and Gender Studies program and Curriculum Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

She has studied Christian action related to immigration and life on the borderlands while residing in Nogales, Mexico. 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 serves as Book Review Editor for Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics.

Dr. Powell's CV (pdf)

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Education and Training

  • PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, Systematic Theology
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • BA, Point Loma Nazarene University, Literature

Areas of Professional Interest

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


Department Chair
Book Review Editor, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics
Baecke Endowment for the Humanities, Chair
Ambrose Women for Social Justice, Board Member
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  Leadership Team
Race Matters Project Series (2012-13), Coordinator



The Disabled God Revisited: The Eternal Impaired Body of Christ. Under contract with T&T Clark, expected publication 2022.

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

Journal Articles

"Exhibitionary Commerce, The Construction of Whiteness, and the Theological Sideshow," Theology Today, 78.2 (2021) 140-157.

"Disability and Resurrection: Eschatological Bodies, Identity, and Continuity," Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 41.1 (Spring/Summer 2021).

Mental Health, Graduate School, and the Theological Academy: A Response to Monica Coleman's Bipolar Faith. Syndicate Symposium (August 2019).

"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).

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Courses Taught

THEO 100 Just Theology
THEO 120 Introduction to Christian Faith
THEO 125 Racial Justice and the Christian Faith
THEO 320 Jesus: His Person and Ministry
WI-THEO 321 Theologies of Liberation
THEO 324 Women Theologians

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