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Alumni Highlight - Jessica Coblentz, Ph.D. '17

Jessica Coblentz

Jessica Coblentz graduated in 2017 with her Ph.D. in systematic theology. Her dissertation, titled, “Depression’s Challenge to Theologies of Suffering and Salvation,” developed a theology of depression based on first-person narratives and phenomenological analyses of depression. Her dissertation research was supported by a Dissertation Fellowship from the Louisville Institute and by the Collegeville Institute, where she served as a Scholar in Residence during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Beginning fall 2017, Coblentz will join the Theology and Religious Studies department at Saint Mary’s College of California as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. Concurrently, she will hold a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Louisville Institute, which supports promising theological educators as they embark on their teaching careers.

Coblentz recently published Ghosts in the Office: The Ecclesiological and Soteriological Implications of Stereotype Threat among Women in Catholic Theology” in the Spring 2017 issue of Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. The article is featured in a special section on “Women in American Catholic Fifty Years after Vatican II,” which is the result of a collaboration between Coblentz and Boston College professors Mary Ann Hinsdale and Andrew Prevot along with Susan Abraham of Loyola Marymount University.