Rosemary P. Carbine

Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Director of Fellowships
562.907.4200, ext. 4302






Academic History

A.B., Georgetown University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago

Rosemary P. Carbine is the Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Whittier College. Rosemary earned her A.B. from Georgetown University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School. She previously taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Saint Mary's College in South Bend, Indiana and at the Women's Studies in Religion Program, Harvard Divinity School. Before joining the department at Whittier, she was Assistant Professor of Theology in the Department of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. At Whittier, Carbine teaches courses regarding the history of Christianity; the life and teachings of Jesus found in canonical and non-canonical gospels; comparative feminist theologies; and religion and political engagement, especially but not only with respect to faith-based social justice movements.

Carbine specializes in modern and contemporary Christian theology (both Catholic and Protestant), focusing particularly on liberation theologies in and beyond Latin America; U.S. feminist, African-American womanist, and U.S. Latina / mujerista theologies; theological anthropology (or religious understandings of the person); public / political theology (or religious engagement in U.S. public life); and, theological education (the teaching and learning of theology in various educational settings). She has published on these topics - a book chapter on comparative feminist and womanist theologies of the cross relative to their implied theologies of identity (Cross Examinations, ed. Marit Trelstad, Fortress 2006); a book chapter on feminist forms of religio-political engagement in the Catholic social justice tradition ("Prophetic Witness, ed. Colleen Griffith, Crossroad," 2008 forthcoming); a journal article regarding a feminist theological approach to the public church (Harvard Theological Review 99,4 (2006): 433-455; and, more than 25 entries for An Introductory Dictionary of Theology and Religious Studies (ed. Orlando Espin and James Nickoloff, Liturgical Press, 2007).

She is presently working on two journal articles and a book chapter--one on narrative as a feminist practice of political agency & participation with a case study of Hurricane Katrina; one on a Catholic feminist analysis of religious engagement in U.S. public life with reference to the resurgent religious practice of sanctuary; and one on teaching theology as teaching traditions of both Christianity and democratic practice. In addition, she is completing a book manuscript titled Ekklesial Work: Toward a Feminist Public Theology, which offers a theological take on gender, religion and politics in the U.S

Carbine's scholarly work has been supported by several fellowships and grants from the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University; the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion; the College of the Holy Cross; and the Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School. She holds professional memberships in the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA), the New Voices Seminar, and the Workgroup on Constructive Christian Theology. In these organizations, Carbine has served as co-chair of AAR's Feminist Theory and Religious Reflection Group (2004-07). She currently serves on the leadership team for CTSA topic session on Theological Anthropology (2007-10).