Director of Contextual Education and Lecturer in Theology
B.A., Art History and Religious Studies, McMaster University (2002)
M.Div., Yale Divinity School (2005)
M.A. (2010), Ph.D. (2011), Theological Studies, Vanderbilt University
Office: Room 201
Tel.: (416) 585-4548
Fax: (416) 585-4516
Dr. Wigg-Stevenson teaches Contextual Education and Theology at Emmanuel College. She is a recent graduate from Vanderbilt University, where she earned a Ph.D. in Theology. At Vanderbilt, she was also a Fellow in The Program in Theology and Practice, a program dedicated to equipping teachers of people preparing for ministry. An ordained Baptist minister, Natalie is particularly passionate about preaching and worship, and about adult education in church settings.
Natalie’s current research delves into how ethnographic methods could help theologians better understand and nurture the places of overlap between theologies created across church, academy and broader culture. Her dissertation, Faith in My Bones: An Exercise in Ethnographic Theology, explores such questions. She is also interested in liturgical, feminist and queer theologies, pop culture, and in the growing relationship between cultural theories of practice, aesthetics, and theology.
Natalie’s recent publications include, “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 Magazine; and the book chapter, “Prisons Outside the Kingdom: A Theological Reflection on CIA Black Sites” in Religious Faith, Torture, and Our National Soul.