Rachelle Green is an Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Religion from Emory University’s Person, Community, and Religious Life program. In her doctoral program, Green directed the Certificate in Theological Studies Program, a theological education program for women in prison. She also served a two-year term as the Assistant Director of the Youth Theological Initiative, a theological education program for high school juniors and seniors.
Green’s current research brings together liberationist theologies, social ethics, and critical pedagogies to deepen and enrich our theologies and practices of teaching and learning with populations on the margins of academic discourse. Her recent project considers the good of theological education among women in prison and consider more broader questions about the purposes and futures of theological education for the transformation of the world.
“Jesuit pedagogy is deeply committed to social justice and to pushing the boundaries of what we mean by religious education, which is why I was drawn to Fordham,” she said.
“I’m thrilled about continuing the work on criminal justice, religion, and education so that we can begin to think differently about what theological education looks like both for the church and for the broader community—especially the spaces we forget to think about.”
Green is a licensed minister in the National Baptist Convention, USA and comes to theological scholarship after a career in business management and strategic marketing where she focused on the needs of women and families of color.
PhD, Emory University Religious Education & Practical Theology, 2019
Dissertation: Learning to Live: Social Death, Redemptive Practices, and Theological Education in a Women’s Prison
Areas of Study: Religious Education and Pedagogy, Classical and Contemporary Theologies of Sin and Grace, Theories of Social Justice and Contemporary Christian Ethics
Concentration: Study of Religious Practices
M.Div., Emory University Candler School of Theology, 2014
Certificates in Religious Education and Women, Theology, and Ministry
M.A., Regent University School of Divinity, 2011
Concentration in Practical Theology
B.A., Kent State University, College of Business, 2004
Major in Business Administration and Marketing; Minor in Spanish
Dr. Green’s interdisciplinary interests bring together liberationist theologies, social ethics, and critical pedagogies to research theologies and philosophies of education for populations on the margins of academic discourse. Her current research in practical theology explores the significance of religious and theological education among women incarcerated in US prisons.
“Remember Your Graduation: Reflections on the Significance of Theological Education from a Prison Theological Educator,” Theological Education, vol. 51, no. 2 (2018), 93-103.
Theology of Ministry
Research Methods and Resources in Religious Education
Imagination: Ministry and Religious Education
Moral Education and Development
Religious Education and Human Development