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Susan Abraham

Professor of Theology and Postcolonial Cultures; VP of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at PSR

Consortial Faculty
At the GTU since
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Susan Abraham is Professor of Theology and Postcolonial Cultures, VP of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at the Pacific School of Religion. Her teaching and research explores postcolonial religious practices. She is the author of Identity, Ethics, and Nonviolence in Postcolonial Theory: A Rahnerian Theological Assessment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and co-editor of Shoulder to Shoulder: Frontiers in Catholic Feminist Theology (Fortress, 2009). Her publications and presentations weave practical theological insights from the experience of working as a youth minister for the Diocese of Mumbai, India, with theoretical perspectives from postcolonial theory, cultural studies, and feminist theory. Ongoing research projects include issues in decolonizing theological education and formation, interfaith and interreligious peace initiatives, religion and nationalism, global Catholicism, and Christianity between colonialism and postcolonialism.

Degrees and Certifications

Doctor of Theology, Harvard University, 2003

Master of Theology, Catholic Theological Union

MA, University of Mumbai

BA, University of Mumbai

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Theology
  • Religion and Politics
  • Feminist Theology
  • Catholic Theology
  • Religion and Cultures
Selected Publications
  • Shoulder to Shoulder: Frontiers in Catholic Feminist Theology, co-edited anthology of contemporary Catholic Feminist theology with Elena Procario-Foley, Fortress Press, October 2009; Portuguese-language license to Editoria Santuario, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2010
  • Identity, Ethics and Nonviolence in Postcolonial Theory: A Rahnerian Theological Assessment, Palgrave McMillan, May 2007
  • “Religion’s Challenge to Gender Discrimination” in Just Religion, edt. Anthony Pinn, Cengage Learning. Spring 2016
  • “Postcolonial Hermeneutics and a Catholic (post) modernity” in Theological Hermeneutics and Critical Theories: Catholic Trajectories since Vatican II, eds. Bradford E. Hinze and Anthony J. Godzieba, Liturgical Press, 2016
  • “Belonging and the Violent Nation,” invited chapter for Shelly Rambo and Stephanie Arel (edt.) Ways through Pain: Theological Responses to Suffering in a “Not so Secular” Age, Palgrave, 2016
  • “Postcolonial Theology” in Craig Hovey and Elizabeth Phillips (eds.) The Cambridge Companion to Political Theology, Cambridge University Press, 2015
Courses Taught
  • Atheism
  • The End Times
  • Leadership and Ministry in the Third Millennium
  • Christianity between Colonialism and Postcolonialism
  • Feminist Cross Cultural Perspectives on Beliefs and Practices