Ph.D. Candidates

Aaron K. Stauffer

Field of Study: Christian Social Ethics

Contact Info:

M.Div., Union Theological Seminary
B.A., St. Olaf College



Research Focus:
Aaron’s work lies at the intersection of the academy, the Christian church, and community organizing. His dissertation is focused on the political role of sacred value in broad based community organizing. Drawing from a tradition of radical democracy, constructive feminist and anti-racist critiques of liberal political theory, and the rising field of “lived religion,” Aaron’s dissertation argues for the value of religious language in the practice of community organizing. His theological interests lie primarily in neo-Augustinian political theology and the influence of John Locke on contemporary political economy and political theology of race. His work draws heavily from the fields of Christian social ethics, political theology, and political philosophy.

Background & Activities:
Aaron most recently was the Executive Director and then Special Advisor of Religions for Peace USA, where he helped launch a national anti-Islamophobia program based in the southeast, along with organizing national senior religious leaders on issues of common concern such as mass incarceration, immigration and climate change.  Before his doctoral work, Aaron was an organizer with the Industrial Areas Foundation in San Antonio, Tx.  Aaron is active in his denomination, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has been active participant in international ecumenical and interfaith organizations, such as the World Council of Reformed Churches and the World Council of Churches. Currently, Aaron lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee with his partner, Lauren.

Courses Taught:
Teaching Fellow: American Theological Liberalism, 1805-1930 with Dr. Gary Dorrien
Teaching Fellow: Economics, Ecology, & Ecofeminism with Dr. Gary Dorrien

Curriculum Vitae