Women Theologians You Should Be Reading Right Now: 2019 Edition

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On this International Women’s Day, a 2019 update to last year’s primer on new and notable works from women theologians and religious historians. Add them to your personal libraries and/or get your universities to buy them for theirs. All links go directly to the publisher’s websites.

Lisa Sowle Cahill, Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Pacifism, Just War, and Peacebuilding. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2019.

The Catholic Women Speak Network, Visions and Vocations. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2018.

M. Shawn Copeland, Knowing Christ Crucified: The Witness of African American Religious Experience. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018.

Kelly Brown Douglas, Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015.

Teresia Mbari Hinga, African, Christian, Feminist: The Enduring Search for What Matters. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017.

Linda Hogan, Keeping Faith with Human Rights. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2015.

Mary Jo Iozzio and Patricia Beattie Jung, eds., Sex and Gender: Christian Ethical Reflections. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2017.

Cathleen Kaveny, A Culture of Engagement: Law, Religion, and Morality. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2016.

Erin Kidd and Jakob Karl Rinderknecht, eds., Putting God on the Map: Theology and Conceptual Mapping. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.

Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Susan M. Shaw, Intersectional Theology: An Introductory Guide. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2018.

Kathryn T. Long, God in the Rainforest: A Tale of Martyrdom and Redemption in Amazonian Ecuador. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Staughton Lynd and Alice Lynd, eds., Nonviolence in America: A Documentary History, 3rd ed. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018.

M. Therese Lysaught and Michael McCarthy, eds., Catholic Bioethics and Social Justice: The Praxis of U.S. Health Care in a Globalized World. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018.

Elizabeth McAnally, Loving Water Across Religions: Contributions to an Integral Water Ethic. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018.

Catherine R. Osborne, American Catholics and the Church of Tomorrow: Building Churches for the Future, 1925-1975. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018.

Julie Hanlon Rubio, Hope for Common Ground: Mediating the Personal and the Political in a Divided Church. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2016.

Christiana Zenner, Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and Fresh Water Crises, revised edition. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018.



Karen Bray, Grave Attending: A Political Theology for the Unredeemed. New York: Fordham University Press, 2019.

Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, Activist Theology. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2019. (An early version of this list failed to indicate that Dr. Henderson-Espinoza identifies as a non-binary transgender Latinx, not as female or woman. We are very sorry for the error and remain pleased to include their forthcoming work in this list which lifts up underrepresented theologies and histories as well as the work of underrepresented scholars. Updated 16 March 2019.)

Jennifer Herdt, Forming Humanity: Redeeming the German Bildung Tradition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019.



Charles Marsh. Shea Tuttle, Daniel P. Rhodes, eds., Can I Get a Witness?: 13 Peacemakers, Community-Builders, and Agitators for Faith and Justice. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2019.