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Jeannine Hill Fletcher

Prof. Hill Fletcher teaches at the intersection of Systematic Theology and issues of diversity (religious diversity, Christian cultural diversity, race and gender).


General Information

Department of Theology
Rose Hill Campus
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, New York 10458



Prof. Hill Fletcher grew up in a suburb of Chicago and attended the University of Illinois as an undergraduate, majoring in English. After a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, she attended Harvard Divinity School, earning her MTS in 1996 and ThD in 2001. She joined the Fordham faculty in 2001.

Prof. Hill Fletcher teaches at the intersection of Systematic Theology and issues of diversity (religious diversity, Christian cultural diversity, race and gender). She also serves as the Faculty Director of the Service-Learning Program for undergraduates of Fordham College Rose Hill and Lincoln Center. Service-learning helps faculty members across the disciplines develop courses that are grounded in partnership with the local community. The service-learning program allows undergraduate students to deepen their comprehension of course material and understanding of the local community through active engagement in the ongoing efforts of social justice. Prof. Hill Fletcher is also a member of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, a multi-generational, multi-religious and multi-racial grassroots organization working for social change.


ThD, Harvard Divinity School
MTS, Harvard Divinity School
BA, University of Illinois

Research Interests

Trained as a feminist theologian, Prof. Hill Fletcher is interested in how religious identity is constructed and mobilized in a pluralistic world. Her first book, Monopoly on Salvation? A Feminist Response to Religious Pluralism, places Karl Rahner and George Lindbeck in conversation with feminist theories of identity for a theology of religious pluralism. Her most recent work, Motherhood as Metaphor: Engendering Interreligious Dialogue asks how women’s interfaith engagement might serve as a site for a renewed theological anthropology. As a constructive theologian, Prof. Hill Fletcher is interested in an inductive method which begins from ‘on-the-ground’ experience as a point of departure for theological reflection. Motherhood as Metaphor incorporates data from the archives of Maryknoll women in mission, diaries, letters and speeches from the secular women’s movement, and ethnographic research with a women’s dialogue group in Philadelphia. She has contributed to numerous edited volumes on women in interreligious dialogue.

Prof. Hill Fletcher’s role as Faculty Director of Service-Learning in Fordham’s Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice has informed the direction her new research will take. After years of collaboration with Dorothy Day Center staff, community non-profit agencies and the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (in their Undoing Racism training), she is investigating how the history of racist practices in the U.S. requires theologians to read the ‘signs of the times’ in an actively anti-racist way. The intersection of racism and religious diversity in the United States is the focus of her current research and teaching. She has received a Faculty Research Grant from the Louisville Institute to undertake this work and, with a Faculty Fellowship from Fordham, will be on leave AY 2015-2016.



Motherhood as Metaphor: Engendering Interreligious Dialogue (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013).

Monopoly on Salvation? A Feminist Approach to Religious Pluralism (New York: Continuum, 2005).

Selected Articles

“Warrants for Reconstruction: Christian Hegemony, White Supremacy” Journal of Ecumenical Studies (Forthcoming)

“Among the ‘Nones’:  Questing for God in the 21st Century Classroom,” in Teaching Comparative Theology in the Twenty-First Century:  Hybrid Identities, Negotiated Boundaries, ed. Mara Brecht and Reid Locklin (Routledge, Forthcoming 2015).

“Constructing Religious Identity in a Cosmopolitan World:  The Theo-Politics of Interfaith Work” Journal of Interreligious Studies Issue 15 (Fall 2014).

“Gift to the Prophet from a King: The Politics of Women in Interreligious Dialogue,” in Women and Interreligious Dialogue, ed. Catherine Cornille (2013).

“Companions, Prophets, Martyrs: Jesuit Education as Justice Education” in Transforming the World and Being Transformed ed. Mary Beth Combs and Patty Schmidt (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013).

“Women in Interreligious Dialogue: Sisterhood is Superfluous” in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Inter-Religious Dialogue, ed. Catherine Cornille (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

“A Definition of ‘Catholic’: Toward a Cosmopolitan Vision” in Catholic Studies, ed. Margaret McGuinness and James Fisher (New York: Fordham University Press, 2011), 129-147. Volume awarded first place in History category by Catholic Press Association 2012.

“Eschatology” in Systematic Theology: Roman Catholic Perspectives, ed. Francis Schüssler Fiorenza and John Galvin (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2011), 621-653.