Faculty Directory

Jennifer Wilkins Davidson

Associate Professor of Theology and Worship
Chair, Women's Studies in Religion Certificate Program

Core Doctoral Faculty
At the GTU since
(510) 841-1905 x233

In my classroom, I employ a liberative, contemplative pedagogy. Informed primarily by the work of bell hooks (see Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom), my classroom foregrounds the voices and experiences of students through strategic, engaged, and relevant reflection. In addition, silence, contemplation, and meditation are valued and practiced on a regular basis. I am profoundly committed to consistently providing a diversity of scholarly perspectives in all assigned readings. I intentionally work to create seamless conversations around both theory and everyday practice.



Degrees and Certifications

PhD, Graduate Theological Union, 2011
MDiv, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 2003
BA, Eastern University, 1991


Curicculum Vitae

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Communion & Baptism in American Baptist Contexts

  • BlackLivesMatter | Dismantling White Supremacy

  • Contemplative Pedagogy

Academic Committees and Boards

Chair, Women's Studies in Religion

Selected Publications
  • “I Hate, I Despise Your Festivals: A Praxis-Oriented Liturgical Spirituality,” in Trouble the Water: A Christian Resource for the Work of Racial Justice, Nurturing Faith, 2017.

  • “Solidarity of #BlackLivesMatter in Trump America: How a Constructive Theology Classroom Can Speak to Our World’s Need for Meaning and Connection,” Review & Expositor, Fall 2017.

  • “Can Religious Ritual Play a Role in Protecting Society’s Sacrificial Victims? René Girard, Violence, and the Unprotected,” Tikkun, December 2015.
  • “Op-Ed: Talking about Violence is Not a Distraction: The Berkeley Protests for Ferguson,” Berkeleyside: Berkeley, California’s Independent News Site, December 12, 2014.
  • “Creation’s Groans and Spirit’s Sighs: Cultivating Attentiveness to the Spirit through the Practice of Concerns and Celebrations.” American Baptist Quarterly, Summer 2014.
  • “Remembering Ourselves before God: A Constructive Liturgical Theology of Prayer.” The South African Baptist Journal of Theology, Vol. 18 (Fall 2009)
Courses Taught
  • Women’s Studies in Religion
  • Constructive Theology
  • Pedagogy for Teaching Worship
  • Theology as Living Conversation