New Theological Voices at Union

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Andrea White and Pamela Cooper-White Bring Crucial Perspectives to Union

The faculty has recommended, the president has appointed, and the board has approved two new professors who will join the Union community in the coming academic year. Each of these women is at the very top of their respective field, and their decision to come here speaks volumes about the incredible work we do at Union and our reputation for engaged and insightful students. We look forward to welcoming them to Union.

Andrea White, Associate Professor of Theology

Andrea White Headshot 2White is author of Black Women’s Bodies and God Politics: A Womanist Theology of Personhood, and The Back of God: A Theology of Otherness in Karl Barth and Paul Ricoeur, and editor of a forthcoming volume, Feminist and Womanist Theologies. White is actively engaged with numerous organizations, and is the Executive Director Elect of the Society for the Study of Black Religion, co-chair of the Black Theology Group of the American Academy of Religion, and a member of the Collegium for African American Research. She has worked with The Carter Center’s Human Rights Defenders Policy Forum on Faith, Belief and the Advancement of Women’s Human Rights, and is on the steering committee for the Committee on Teaching About the United Nations. White earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Oberlin College, a Master of Divinity from Yale University Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in theology from The University of Chicago Divinity School. She is an ordained American Baptist minister and served as a pastor and hospice chaplain in New York State.

Pamela Cooper-White, Professor of Psychology and Religion

Pamela Cooper-White Headshot 2Cooper-White is author of numerous books and articles, including Many Voices: Pastoral Psychotherapy and Theology in Relational Perspective, Shared Wisdom: Use of the Self in Pastoral Care and CounselingBraided Selves: Collected Essays on Multiplicity, God, and Persons, and The Cry of Tamar: Violence against Women and the Church’s Response. She is excited by interdisciplinary work at the intersection of theology (including feminist/womanist/global, Anglican, and Trinitarian theology), contemporary psychoanalysis, and postmodern/postcolonial theory. Her recent works have delved into the multi-faceted nature of both the self and God, and how we can use ourselves most faithfully as instruments for pastoral care and counseling. Her current research interests include sacred space, history of psychoanalysis and religion, a theology of memory and the psyche; and continuing work on the issue of violence against women and the church’s response. Cooper-White earned a Bachelor of Music from Boston University, a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Harvard, a Masters in Pastoral Counseling at Holy Names College, and a Ph.D. from the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago. Cooper-White was also the 2013-14 Fulbright Scholar of Psychoanalysis at the Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna and University of Vienna. Cooper-White is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church.