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Emily J. Dumler-Winckler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Constructive Theology
Theological Studies

Courses Taught

Theological Foundations; Incarnation and Incarceration; Gender and Sexuality: Doctrinal Considerations; Political Theology: Community Organizing and Movements; Theology, Race, and Gender: Great Books; Methods in Historical Theology; Survey of Modern Christianity


Ph.D. in Religion and Society, Princeton Theological Seminar, 2015
Th.M. in Moral Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2009
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 2007

Research Interests

  • Constructive Theology (Social, Moral, Political)
  • Christian Ethics, Religious Ethics
  • Virtue Theory
  • Modern Religious Thought
  • Social Theory (Gender, Sexuality and Race)
  • Science and Theology

Labs and Facilities

Assistant Professor Dumler-Winckler's Academia Site

Publications and Media Placements


Modern Virtue: Mary Wollstonecraft and a Tradition of Dissent

Select Refereed Journal Articles

2021: Forthcoming: “Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Anthropology: From Foil to Fertile Soil for Eco-Justice?” Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, special issue: “Ambiguous Legacies, Contested Futures: Re-Assessing Cornerstone Figures in the American Environmental Tradition.” 

2019: “Protestant Political Theology and Pluralism: From a Politics of Refusal to Tending and Organizing for Common Goods” in Religions vol. 10. Sept 10, 1-18. 

2018: “Emersonian Virtues of the Anthropocene: Faith, Hope, and Love” Zygon, vol. 53.4, 971-991. 

2018: “Distinguishing Intellectual and Moral Virtues in Scientific Practice” Philosophy, Theology, and the Sciences vol. 5.1, 80-103.

2018: “Personal Responsibility in the Face of Structural Evil: Transcendentalist Debates Reconsidered” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, vol. 38.1, Spring/Summer. 

2018: “Can Genius be Taught?’: Emerson’s Genius and the Virtue of Self-Trust” Journal for Moral Education, vol. 47.1, 1-17.

2017: “The Virtue of Emerson’s Imitation of Christ: Reflections from William Ellery Channing to John Brown” Journal of Religious Ethics vol. 45.3, 510-538. 

2015: “Romanticism as Modern Re-Enchantment: Burke, Kant, and Emerson on Religious Taste”  in Journal for the History of Modern Theology / Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte, vol. 22.1, 1-22. 

2015: “Putting on Virtue Without Putting Off Feminists: Mary Wollstonecraft’s Religious Moral  Imagination” Journal of Religious Ethics vol. 43.2, 342-367. 

Select Chapters in Edited Volumes
2019: “New Directions in Protestant Social Ethics” in T&T Clark Companion to Political Theology, ed. Ruben Rosario-Rodriguez, 433-448.

2019: “Theology and Religion" in The Wollstonecraftian Mind. in The Routledge Philosophical Minds series. eds. Sandrine Bergès, Eileen Hunt Botting, and Alan Coffee, 297-310. 

2019: “Beyond the Territories of Science and Religion” in Science and Religion in Education, eds. Berry Billingsley, Keith Chappell and Michael Reis (in the Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education Book Series) Springer Press, 47-61. 

2019: “On Making the World Habitable” ebook edited volume with the Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing at Notre Dame.

Honors and Awards

  • Collaborative Inquiries in Theological Anthropology, Project funded by John Templeton Foundation. Project title: "Virtue, Habituation, and Exemplarity." (2020-2023)
  • Donald G. Brennan Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, College of Arts and Sciences, SLU. (2020)
  • University of Notre Dame; Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing, Theology post-doctoral research fellowship, funded by Templeton Religion Trust (2016-2018)
  • Center for Theological Inquiry: Workshop on Religious Experience and Moral Identity (2014)
  • Institut fur die Wissenschaften vom Menschen: Philosophy, Religion, Politics Summer Program (2010)
  • Kuyper Research Fellowship Award (2010)
  • Princeton University, Center for the Study of Religion, Research Fellow (2009)
  • Graduate Study Fellowship for Parish Pulpit Ministry (2008)

Professional Organizations and Associations

American Academy of Religion, Society of Christian Ethics, Fellowship for Protestant Ethics