Natalie Wigg-Stevenson

Natalie Wigg-Stevenson 

Director of Contextual Education
Professor of Contextual Education and Theology  (on leave to January 2020)

B.A., Art History and Religious Studies, McMaster University (2002)

M.Div., Yale Divinity School (2005)
M.A., Theological Studies, Vanderbilt University (2010)
Ph.D., Theological Studies, Vanderbilt University (2011)


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Dr. Wigg-Stevenson directs the Contextual Education and Teaching for Ministry Programs, and teaches Theology at Emmanuel College. Her current research delves into how ethnographic methods could help create theological conversations across church, academy and everyday life. She is also interested in liturgical, feminist and queer theologies, cultural theories of practice, aesthetics, pop culture, and in decolonizing pedagogies.

Natalie’s recent publications include her first book, Ethnographic Theology: An Inquiry Into the Production of Theological Knowledge (Palgrave, 2014), and the following articles: “From Proclamation to Conversation: Ethnographic Disruptions to Theological Normativity” in Radical Theologies; “Reflexive Theology: A Preliminary Proposal” in Practical Matters; “Reconciliatory Hope: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Passing,” in the online journal, Postcolonial Networks; “An Unofficial Funeral: Imagining Restorative Justice and Reconciliation at Riverbend Maximum Security Prison,” in Worship; and the book chapter, “Prisons Outside the Kingdom: A Theological Reflection on CIA Black Sites” in Religious Faith, Torture, and Our National Soul. She is also one of the co-editors on the IAPT volume, Complex Identities in a Shifting World: Practical Theological Perspectives (2015). She co-chairs the group, “Ecclesial Practices” at the American Academy of Religion, a group dedicated to nurturing the relationship between ethnography and theology.

An ordained Baptist minister, Natalie is particularly passionate about preaching and worship, and about adult education in church settings.

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