Claire Bischoff

Claire Bischoff, Ph.D.

Current Status: Adjunct Professor of Religious Education, Lexington Theological Seminary

EducationB.A., Saint Olaf College (2001); M.A., Luther Seminary (2004); PhD, Emory University (2011)

Academic Project (while in the GDR): My academic work at Emory focused on developing a theological anthropology and religious education pedagogy that was responsive to the realities of young women and supportive of their further growth as women of faith.

Area of study (in the GDR): Persons, Community, and Religious Life

Dissertation Title: “Toward Tensegrity: Young Women, Narrative Agency, and Religious Education,” Dissertation Committee: Thomas Long (chair), Joy McDougall (chair), Elizabeth Bounds, Mary Elizabeth Moore

Current Research: My current research focuses on parenting and the academy, nurturing parents' spiritual journeys, and reflecting theologically on parenting practice.

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Annie Hardison-Moody

Annie Hardison-Moody, Ph.D.

Current Status: Research Scholar, Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences, NC State University

Education: B.A, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2000); M.T.S., Vanderbilt Divinity School (2003); Ph.D., Emory University (2010) 

Academic Project (while in the GDR)

Area of study (in the GDR): Persons, Community, and Religious Life

Dissertation Title: “When Religion Matters: A Practical Theological Engagement with Liberian Women’s Narratives and Practices of Healing Post-Conflict,” Dissertation Director: Emmanuel Lartey

Current Research: Annie Hardison-Moody works at the intersections of religion and health, with a focus on gender-based violence, health promotion, parenting, and women's reproductive health. Her recent work with the Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More program and Voices into Action: The Families Food and Health Project at NC State University garnered an invitation to the White House, through the Let's Move initiative.  She is currently finalizing a manuscript, When Religion Matters: Practicing Healing in the Aftermath of the Liberian Civil War, and along with Claire Bischoff and Elizabeth Gandolfo, co-editing a volume, Mothering Matters: Parenting as Spiritual Practice and Source for Theology (learn more at  

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Harshita Kamath

Harshita Kamath, Ph.D.

Current Status: Assistant Professor of Religion, Middlebury College

Education: B.A., Emory University (2004); MTS, Harvard Divinity School (2006); PhD, Emory University (2012)

Academic Project (while in the GDR):  My academic research focused on the construction of gender in classical textual and performance traditions in the south Indian language of Telugu.

Area of study (in the GDR): West and South Asian Religions

Dissertation Title: “Aesthetics, Performativity, & Performative Maya: Imagining Gender in the Textual and Performance Traditions of Telugu South India"; Dissertation Committee: Joyce B. Flueckiger (chair), Velcheru Narayana Rao, Laurie L. Patton (Duke) and Sara L. McClintock

Current Research: My current research interests include south Indian performance traditions, classical Telugu texts, and the study of gender in South Asian religions.

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Haemin Lee

Haemin Lee, Ph.D.

Current Status: Catalyst for International Evangelism at Presbyterian Church (USA) National Headquarters World Mission

Education: B.A., Yonsei University (2002); M.Div., Harvard Divinity School (2006); Th.M., Candler School of Theology (2007); Ph.D., Emory University (2013)

Academic Project (while in the GDR): Projects related to Christian Mission, Evangelism, and International Development 

Area of study: Person, Community and Religious Life (Global Missions)

Dissertation Title: “Christian Mission and International Development: Changing Dynamics of Christian Mission in South Korea”; Dissertation Committee: Emmanuel Lartey (chair), Arun Jones and Steven Tipton

Current Research: N/A 


Amy Levad

Amy Levad, Ph.D.

Current Status: Assistant Professor of Moral Theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN

Education: B.A., University of Puget Sound (2000); M.T.S., Candler School of Theology (2003); Ph.D. Emory University (2008)

Academic Project (while in the GDR): Christian Ethics and the U.S. Justice System

Area of study: Ethics and Society

Dissertation Title: “The Moral Imagination of Restorative Justice,” Director: Liz Bounds

Current Research: I'm currently working on liturgical and sacramental ethics in Catholic settings, particularly as they pertain to our understanding of and actions toward justice.  More specifically, I am working on how liturgical and sacramental ethics can provide a basis for responding to mass incarceration in the U.S. 


Lerone Martin

Lerone Martin, Ph.D.

Current Status: Post Doctoral Fellow, The Danforth Center on Religion And Politics Washington University in Saint Louis

Education B.A., Anderson University (2002); M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary (2005), Ph.D., Emory University (2011)

Area of Study: American Religious Cultures

Dissertation Title: “Selling to the Souls of Black: Atlanta, JM Gates, the Phonograph, and the Transformation of African American Religion, 1900-1945”; Dissertation Director: Gary Laderman

Current Research: Currently I am finishing a book project with NYU Press entitled, Preaching on Wax: The Phonograph and the Making of Modern African American Religion

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Ben Stewart

Benjamin Stewart, Ph.D.

Current Status: Gordon A. Braatz Assistant Professor of Worship, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago; Dean of Augustana Chapel, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Education: B.A., Capital University (1993); M.Div. Trinity Lutheran Seminary (1997); S.T.M., Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (2004); Ph.D., Emory University (2010)

Academic Project (while in the GDR): Theological Studies (Liturgical Theology and Meaning-Making in Ritual)

Dissertation Title: “The Role of Baptismal Water at the Easter Vigil in the Liturgical Generation of Ecotheology”; Dissertation Chair, Don Saliers

Current Research: Ritual and theological connections between natural cycles (day/night, equinox/solstice) and liturgical patterns of prayer (daily office, liturgical feasts and seasons); the emerging trend of natural burial practices and their ritual and theological implications

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