Faculty

Andrea C. White

Associate Professor of Theology & Culture


CONTACT

3041 Broadway, AD 420
New York, NY 10027
212-280-1363
awhite@uts.columbia.edu

EDUCATION

B.A., Oberlin College, 1991
M.Div., Yale University, 1995
Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 2009

BIOGRAPHY

The Rev. Dr. Andrea C. White joined the faculty of Union Theological Seminary in fall 2015. Prior to her appointment, she served on the faculty at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, Graduate Division of Religion, and Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Professor White specializes in constructive Christian theology, especially womanist theology and postmodern religious thought with research interests in theologies of otherness, doctrine of God, theological anthropology, and the relationship between philosophy and theology.

She is a recipient of the Lilly Theological Research Faculty Fellowship from The Association of Theological Schools and The Louisville Institute Book Grant for Minority Scholars, both awarded for her research culminating in the forthcoming monograph  The Scandal of Flesh: Black Women’s Bodies and God Politics.

Professor White’s first monograph, The Back of God: A Theology of Otherness in Karl Barth and Paul Ricoeur (forthcoming) places Barth’s doctrine of God as “wholly other” in conversation with Ricoeur’s hermeneutic phenomenology of the self as other and presents the possibility for divine-human relation on the basis of transcendence, rather than in spite of it.  Her second monograph, The Scandal of Flesh, follows from the study of subjectivity in the first and addresses revelation, recognition politics, theological anthropology, narrative, and eschatology in womanist thought.  She is also editor of a forthcoming volume, Feminist and Womanist Theologies.

Professor White is Executive Director of the Society for the Study of Black Religion. She serves on the editorial board for Teaching Theology and Religion: International Journal of the Wabash Center on Teaching and Learning, and on the Selection Committee for The Louisville Institute.

As an active participant with the American Academy of Religion, she is co-chair of the Black Theology Group, a member of the steering committee for Theology and Religious Reflection, and by presidential appointment, serves on the Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession.

She is a founding member of The Carter Center’s Scholars in Action organized to combat violence and discrimination against women and girls. She has worked with the Carter Center’s international Human Rights Defenders Forum on faith and the advancement of women’s human rights. She also serves on the Committee on Teaching About the United Nations.

She has delivered named lectures, including the C. Shelby Rooks lecture at Chicago Theological Seminary and the T.V. Moore lectures at San Francisco Theological Seminary. She has been an invited speaker for the Association of Theological Schools, The Forum for Theological Exploration, Youth Theological Initiative, and the Theological Studies Certificate Program at Lee Arrendale State Prison.

She has also been invited to present a keynote address for the Karl Barth Society, the annual lecture for the Women in Church and Ministry Council at Princeton Theological Seminary, a lecture for The Experience Project at Princeton University (a multi-disciplinary research project supported by the John Templeton Foundation), and an address for the King and Faith Lecture Series for The Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation in San Francisco. She is a regularly participating scholar at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame.

She is the 2015 Annual Visiting Scholar at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Fort Collins, Colorado, and she was keynote speaker at the 2015 Theologians Conference of the American Baptist Churches-USA Biennial. As an ordained American Baptist minister since 1998, she served in New York State as pastor of Aldrich Baptist Church, chaplain for Catskill Area Hospice, and chaplain at Springbrook, an American Baptist residential school for persons with developmental disabilities (formerly “Upstate Homes for Children and Adults”). She was also Minister of Adult Education and Summer Term Preacher at The University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. She has preached from numerous pulpits in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New York, Oberlin, and San Francisco.

RECENT COURSES

Phenomenology of the Body (Spring 2016)
Race, Law, and Political Theology (Fall 2017)
Otherness of God (Fall 2017)
Womanist Proclamation, Theology, and the Arts (Spring 2018)
Foundations in Christian Theology II (Spring 2018)

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