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Sarah Azaransky

Sarah Azaransky

Assistant Professor of Social Ethics


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Ph.D., University of Virginia, Theology and Ethics
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
B.A. with High Honors, Swarthmore College, Religion


Professor Sarah Azaransky earned her BA at Swarthmore College with a major in Religion in 1998. As a Watson Fellow, she conducted research on cross-community women’s peace organizing in Northern Ireland, Israel and the West Bank, and Sri Lanka in 1998-1999. She received her Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard in 2001 and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2007. Before joining the Union faculty, she taught in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. 

Dr. Azaransky’s publications include The Dream is Freedom: Pauli Murray and American Democratic Faith (Oxford University Press, 2011), an edited volume Religion and Politics in America’s Borderlands (Lexington, 2013), and articles such as “Citizenship and Jesus and the Disinherited: From Black Internationalism to Whiteness on the Contemporary Border” in Black Theology (2013) and “Jane Crow: Pauli Murray’s Intersections and Anti-Discrimination Law” in Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.  Her writing has also appeared in commondreams.org, Religious Studies News, and the Christian Century. 

Dr. Azaransky serves on the American Academy of Religion’s Afro-American Religious History steering committee and on the Research Grants committee. She has presented papers at the AAR, Society of Christian Ethics, Western Political Science Association, and California American Studies Association. She is currently working on a book about the international roots of the Civil Rights movement.  The project has received support from the American Academy of Religion and the Louisville Institute. 


Sexual Ethics in New York City (Spring 2015)
Postcolonial Christian Ethics (Spring 2015)  

Christian Ethics of Immigration and the Borderlands (Fall 2014)
Religious and Sexual Legacies of American Racial Slavery (Fall 2014)



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