College of Arts and Sciences


  • Moe-Lobeda Awarded Wismer Professor for Gender and Diversity

    January 5, 2011

    Associate Professor Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, has been selected as the 2011-13 Wismer Professor for Gender and Diversity. As the Wismer Professor, Moe-Lobeda's research will focus on two scholarly projects.  "Race, Class, Gender, and the Earth Crisis: Pedagogies for Social Change," which will examine links between ecological degradation and social injustice, and "The Bible in Ethics: When 'Race,' Class, Gender, and Sexual Orientation Matter" addresses a set of questions about the Bible's use and authority around moral issues. 

    Moe-Lobeda’s research and scholarship focus on ecological justice, economic justice, and the role of Christian faith in promoting social justice.  She is author or co-author of four volumes including Healing a Broken World: Globalization and God(2002) and Public Church: For the Life of the World(2004). Her forthcoming book is  Ethics for the "Uncreators": Morality in the Face of System Evil.  She has authored numerous chapters and scholarly articles, the most recent of which is "Being Church in, as and Against White Privilege, a chapter in  Transformative Lutheran Theologies: Feminist, Womanist, and Mujerista Perspectives.  Moe-Lobeda currently holds a Lilly Foundation Theological Research Grant awarded by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

    Moe-Lobeda received her Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary affiliated with Columbia University and has been a full-time faculty member at Seattle University since 2004. She teaches in three programs, including Theology and Religious Studies, Environmental Studies, and in the School of Theology and Ministry.

    Established by the Office of the Provost, the Wismer Professorship for Gender and Diversity supports all disciplines on topics concerned with or connected to, academic scholarship on gender and diversity.  The professorship, established in 2001, honors the life and work of Dr. Patricia Wismer, former Chair of the Department of Theology at Seattle University. The current Wismer Professor is Dr. Connie Anthony in the Department of Political Science.

    The College of Arts and Sciences offers 7 graduate degrees and 33 undergraduate degrees including political science, women’s studies, environmental studies, and theology and religious studies.


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