Dr Megan Ulishney

Director of Studies in Science and Religion

BA (Biola University), MDiv (Boston College), DPhil (Oxon)

Member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford

Megan Ulishney graduated from Biola University before teaching at a high school in California for five years. Megan graduated MDiv from Boston College as a Baker-Arrupe Fellow. While in Boston she was an interfaith chaplain at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her doctoral research explored the construction of a doctrine of sin that takes biology and the evolution of sexual differences seriously. She now works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Theology and Science at the University of Nottingham on a project funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Her postdoctoral research engages with theories of sexual selection and their connection with theologies of nature. Her research interests include the following: theology and science, contemplative spirituality, Augustine, feminist theology, feminist science studies, Teresa of Avila, and the theology of Edward Schillebeeckx.

In addition to her studies, Megan has been active in the graduate theology community at Oxford where she has served as the President of the Graduate Theological Society, the Secretary of the Graduate Christian Forum, and as a member of the Graduate Joint Consultative Committee.

Classes Taught

  • Kwok Pui-Lan, Postcolonial Imagination, and Feminist Theology
  • The Concept of God
  • Science and Religion

Research Interests

  • Science and Theology
  • Gender Theory
  • Feminist Theology
  • Teresa of Avila
  • Edward Schillebeeckx
  • Feminist Science Studies
  • Augustine

Publications

  • New Blackfriars (May 2018), Vol. 99, Issue 1081, “Teresa of Avila on Theology and Shame”
  • Salvation in the World: The Crossroads of Public Theology (September 2017)
    Bloomsbury T&T Clark
    eds. Stephan van Erp, Christiane Alpers, Christopher Cimorelli
    Chapter 3: “A Theologian Standing with God in the World: Developments in Schillebeeckx’s Epistemology and Implications for Feminist Theology”
  • Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review (Summer 2017)
    Volume 105, Number 422
    “The Rise of Fundamentalisms and the Concept of Sin”
  • Tijdschrift voor Theologie (Fall 2015)Volume 55
    “Created Sick, Commanded to Be Sound: Augustine on Original Sin After Darwin”
  • The Sword: A Journal of Historical, Spiritual, and Contemporary Carmelite Issues(November 2015)
    Volume 75 (1), 2015
    “Taking Her Stand Beyond All Earthly Hierarchies: Teresa of Avila, Gender Performance, and Contemplative Prayer”
  • Lumen et Vita Graduate Academic Journal of Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
    Volume 5 (1), 2015
    “God Remembered: Barrenness and Hope in Genesis
  • Lumen et Vita: Graduate Academic Journal of Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
    Volume 4 (1), 2014
    “Dis-membering and Re-membering: The Eucharist and the Suffering of Women”
  • Lumen et Vita Conference Proceedings
    “The Instrumentum Laboris and Contemporary Culture in Dialogue: A Reflection on Secularization, Globalization, and Power”
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