Women Theologians You Should Be Reading Right Now: A Primer

Woman ClimberA mini-post in honor of International Women’s Day today, giving us as good a reason as any to promote and celebrate the contributions of the many excellent women theologians to the church, academy, and society. Please repost and share on social media with this year’s International Women’s Day hashtag: #PressForProgress.

After an informal poll of my brilliant colleagues, these are recent (within the last three years) and forthcoming works by women theologians that interested readers might really enjoy, recommend, order for your university’s library, and include on syllabi. This is in no way meant to be a complete or well-rounded list (perhaps that’s best for a future post or an ongoing series of posts), but it is simply meant to acknowledge some of the very good theological work being done by women today. There is so much more that should be included here so please help to add to it. I welcome your recommendations!

NB: Every link is to the respective publisher’s website.

In print:

Ellen T. Armour, Signs and Wonders: Theology After Modernity. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.

Natalie Carnes, Image and Presence: A Christological  Reflection on Iconoclasm and Iconophilia. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2017.

Anne M. Carpenter, Theo-Poetics: Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Risk of Art and Being. South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2015.

The Catholic Women Speak Network, ed. Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2015.

Kathryn Lilla Cox, Water Shaping Stone: Faith, Relationships, and Conscience Formation. Collegeville, MN: Michael Glazier, 2015.

Teresa Delgado, A Puerto Rican Decolonial Theology: Prophesy Freedom. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Wilda C. Gafney, Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah and the Throne. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2017.

Katie Walker Grimes, Christ Divided: Antiblackness as Corporate Vice. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2017.

—–, Fugitive Saints: Catholicism and the Politics of Slavery. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2017.

Jeannine Hill Fletcher, The Sin of White Supremacy: Christianity, Racism & Religious Diversity in America. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017.

Elizabeth L. Hinson-Hasty, The Problem of Wealth: A Christian Response to a Culture of Affluence. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017.

Christine Firer Hinze, Glass Ceilings and Dirt Floors: Women, Work, & the Global Economy. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2015.

Elizabeth A. Johnson, Creation and the Cross: The Mercy of God for a Planet in Peril. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017.

—–, The Strength of Her Witness: Jesus Christ in the Global Voices of Women. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016.

Doris M. Kieser, Catholic Sexual Theology and Adolescent Girls: Embodied Flourishing. Waterloo, CAN: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2015.

Jennifer Newsome Martin, Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Critical Appropriation of Russian Religious Thought. South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2015.

Carmen Nanko-Fernández, Theologizing en Espanglish: Context, Community, & Ministry. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015.

Shelly Rambo, Resurrecting Wounds: Living in the Afterlife of Trauma. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2017.

Mayra Rivera, Poetics of the Flesh. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2015.

Fleming Rutledge, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015.

Deanna A. Thompson, The Virtual Body of Christ in a Suffering World. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2016.

Linn Marie Tonstad, God and Difference: The Trinity, Sexuality, & the Transformation of Finitude. New York: Routledge, 2016.


Forthcoming Books: 

Rita George-Tvrtković, Christians, Muslims, and Mary: A History. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2018.

Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Cuéntame: Narrative in the Ecclesial Present. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018.



Kathryn Tanner, “Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism,” The Gifford LecturesUniversity of Edinburgh, 2016. (Print edition forthcoming.)



Kate Hennessy, Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother. New York: Scribner, 2017.