Lisa Powell, PhD

Professor | Department Chair

Prof. Powell's teaching and research in theology and ethics consider the contribution of non-dominant communities on the development of Christian thought and action.  Her courses focus on liberation theologies including feminist, Black, Latinx, Queer, post-colonial, and disability perspectives.   

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

She is co-chair of the Disability Ethics Interest Group with the Society of Christian Ethics.

In her personal life, Prof. Powell enjoys camping with her family, learning to ski, and meandering walks with their 100-pound rescue pup, Hero.

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Education and Training

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

Areas of Professional Interest

  • Liberation Theology
  • Disability Theology
  • Feminist and Queer Theology
  • Theology and race


Department Chair
Women and Gender Studies Director
Ambrosians Working for Social Justice, Chair
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  Leadership Team
Race Matters Project Series (2012-13), Director



The Disabled God Revisited: Trinity, Christology, and Liberation. T&T Clark, 2023.

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

Select Journal Articles and Book Chapters

"Covenant Ontology and Disability" in Karl Barth and Liberation Theology eds. Kait Dugan and Paul Jones, T&T Clark, 2023.

"Resurrection and Queer Identity," in The Routledge Companion to Christian Ethics, eds. Stephen Long and Rebekah Miles. Routledge, 2022.

"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).

"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).

More About Dr. Powell

Courses Taught

THEO 100 Just Theology
THEO 120 Introduction to Christian Faith
THEO 225 Racial Justice and the Christian Faith
WI-THEO 321 Theologies of Liberation
THEO 324 Theology, Sex, and Gender
THEO 326 Disability Ethics and Theology


Lisa Powell

Christ the King Chapel 105
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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